Well, we're open! And the old war-horse is now well in harness and galloping apace.
Great to see so many people out for opening, filling the tent with warmth and welcome, on a night that saw baseball-sized hail fall on much of the rest of the province. A wonderful reception with delicious appies from Terrace 55, delicious St. James Pale from Half-Pints, and good fellowship with friends both old and new.
Also, how about Pat Migliore and her loyal, hardy crew of volunteers? Astonishing to see how many of them arrived at our Wednesday evening preview to watch the show and sign up for their shifts, on a night so cold, windy and wet that we actually chose to cancel the tech run in favour of an indoor "Italian". They only make 'em like that in Manitoba!
Our student matinee audiences have been incredibly attentive and responsive all week, which is always a prime indicator of a successful production: if the kids don't get it, then neither have we. By George, I think we've got it!
It's probably not too early now to say what a pleasure this entire cast has been to work with. A very talented, committed, hard-working, fun-loving bunch. This play presented a number of enormous challenges for everyone involved, and had there been a single diva, slackass or jackass in the mix, it may have proved impossible. My hat is off and my glass is tipped to all.
Speaking of tipped glasses, I would also like now to reach out with a hearty backslap for our magnanimous and magnificent manager in general, Matt Moreau: for his boundless energy, endless patience, disturbing attention to detail, and refusal to be ground under by the ever-turning millstone that is independant theatre in Winnipeg.
IF YOU TOO WOULD LIKE TO SHOW MATT YOUR APPRECIATION, THE BEST WAY IS TO BUY TICKETS TO THE SHOW IN ADVANCE, FOR YOU AND ALL OF YOUR FRIENDS!!!