Friday, December 04, 2009

Third Annual Production of "Scrooge"

This weekend our local production of "Scrooge" opens. In fact, tonight is opening night, and I am thrilled.

Thrilled that the weeks of rehearsals and preparations are over. This year I was assistant director, and play the role of Auntie and the Narrator. My plan was to just play a very small role, but we all know what happens to plans.

Thrilled that we finally get to relax and "play" on the stage. Magic happens when the work is done and we just become the people in this new story.

And doubly thrilled because we are doing an adaptation that I wrote. There is something so exciting about our work coming alive on stage or screen, and I have been really blessed to have an outlet for my work here in East Texas at the Winnsboro Center for the Arts.

Not long after I first moved here, we did a production of my play, "There is a Time", a drama about four women in a cancer support group. It had tender, touching moments, as well as some really funny moments, and death was personified on stage.

I wasn't sure how this East Texas community would take to something like that. They usually prefer the fun shows like "Scrooge" and comedies. But audiences really loved the show, and the players did such an incredible job bringing the story to life.

Opening night, I stood in the back and tears ran down my cheeks as I watched the audience respond to the players and the story. Later, I realized that was the most exciting moment of my professional career.

So, what about you? What has been the most exciting moment of your professional career?

Keep in mind that I am separating personal and professional. For me, they will always be separate as nothing professional will ever touch the awesome feelings I have for my family.


Helen Ginger said...

So far, it was seeing my name on a book.

Congrats on the plays, both the one you wrote and the one you're working on now. So exciting!

Straight From Hel

Maryann Miller said...

Thanks, Helen. The show went great tonight. One more performance this Sunday, then three more next weekend.

Julie Lomoe said...

It's a toss-up - holding my first published book in my hands (MOOD SWING: THE BIPOLAR MURDERS, 2006) and winning second prize in the art show at the Woodstock Festival of Music and Art (1969)
Julie Lomoe's Musings Mysterioso

Maryann Miller said...

Thanks for sharing, Julie. Isn't it fun to go back and revisit those exciting moments?