Did it really happen, or was it just a theatre mirage?
After four years out of the business, I had six months with "The Sound of Music" before it closed in January. Now it's been six months since it finished and it almost feels like I never went back to work. I don't think the girls remember it, to be honest. Did I really commute by streetcar, cozy in my parka? Did I joke with the girls in the dressing room while doing my make up? Did I sit in Chris' chair to get my wig pinned on? Did I wear that beautiful beaded dress and waltz under the bright lights? Did I have sushi between shows almost every Wednesday and Saturday? Did I get back in the groove of performing, and love pretty much every second?
On my way to an audition-- that's the life of an actor. No matter how great the gig is, it ends, and you have to pound the pavement for more work. Of course, it's a lot more complicated now with two kids, but still. I have a wonderful, supportive husband who gives me the time to get ready and prepare for this kind of thing. Wish me...broken legs!
On Wednesday, Quillan and Audrey came to our matinee performance. My mom came down to look after Lily, which was nice for her to have alone time with Nana. Q, Audrey and I took the streetcar downtown together, and had lunch at a restaurant before going to the theatre:
Audrey is still so little, she didn’t understand very much. I think she enjoyed the music and kids, but she slept through the second act entirely. Just to have her there, though was amazing. I booked box seats for them, and I could actually see Audrey sitting on Q’s lap from the wings. I took this photo from backstage:
Can you see them, high up in the box? So sweet, right? After that, I went down to my dressing room and cried. It’s so emotional for me when these two parts of my life collide. I think Audrey will remember the ice cream she shared with Daddy at intermission, and the ice in her water glass at lunch, more than she will remember the show. Years from now, though, she will have this photo and know we were all there together.