By the end of "Whatshername", we leave whatever energy we have left right there on the stage, but I snuck a peek into the front row- those faces... I was suddenly recharged. Broken hearts, joyful hearts, angry hearts, laughing hearts: But all were OPEN Hearts. I am so thankful to be able the share the theater with THEM!
If I never got a chance to walk on another stage again, last night would have been enough.
Fortunately this is my life for the next 6 months. I think with a show like American Idiot, it is easy to think of it as a spectacle; just another rock show. It is part of my responsibility to never allow that to happen.
Is the show gorgeous to look at? YES
Are there some fierce rock singers? YES
Is this just another musical? HELL NO.
I hope you all already know how special this theatrical experience is. The best part of my job is that there is always something new happening onstage. Not one performance looks like the last. And with that, not one audience is the ever the same. Even for those who've seen the show a hundred times- every day you get something FRESH- well, that is my personal challenge and I know it is a sentiment shared by this spirited cast.
My lesson from the show this week:
Where there is light, there is darkness. Where there is darkness, there is also light. Neither one can exist without the other. (Appropriate for tech right?)
But what that means to me- Absolutes don't exist. When you step into a room, you can feel the energy of where everything and everyone is at. It is most times obvious and palpable. I challenge myself daily to discover what is "deeper"; what is beneath it all; what is being said without being said. There is often where the beauty lies.
My twitter challenge for those who read this (tweet it at me @kelvinmoonloh) :
How does American Idiot speak to you?
Hashtag it #IHeartIdiot
|It's cold here in Utica! Good thing I found this awesome new glove!|
|Utica Preview Playbill!|
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