For the past month I’ve been performing in a show called “The Boy Friend” with a local community theatre, which finally closed this past weekend. Closing is always very bittersweet… it’s nice to get my life back, but there are lots of things that I always miss about shows once they are over.
1. You bought new tap shoes for this production and will be sad to stop using them.
2. You’ve lost your weekend escape and now have to deal with your life drama head-on.
3. Dancing in the show was enough of a workout that you weren’t feeling guilty about going to the gym, but now you have to think about actual exercise.
4. You’ll no longer be surrounded by people who understand your exact brand of crazy.
5. Nowhere else is your fake British accent acceptable, let alone encouraged.
6. Now that the “secret star” gifts have stopped, so has your supply of wine that you didn’t have to buy yourself.
7. Your wig hairstyle looked cute with your period costumes, but let’s face it, it wouldn’t work with your normal clothing at all.
8. You no longer wear a microphone at all times, which means you’re forced to yell at people in order to be heard. Or so you think.
9. Getting daily emails from the stage manager with call times and reminders was a guarantee that you would never go a day without at least one “real” email in your inbox.
10. No matter how many shows you’ve done before or will do in the future, you’re always convinced that this cast is the best one ever.
Musical theatre people, how do you normally deal with the inevitable “show hangover”?