"Oliver!" is now officially over.
And it was a-freakin'-mazing.
I am not going to lie, I was really scared for this show because I did not think we were going to pull it off. And STHS has a reputation for doing particularly amazing productions, so people's expectations would not have been at the same level for any other high school show. Plus, there was added pressure because RTHS (Rival Town HS) decided to have their musical, "Carousel" be the same weekend as ours. So we knew that our friends from various other high schools would be obligated to see both shows. Of course, in the past, RTHS has never measured up to us "musical-wise" but we were all sure that this year could be the one exception....
But it wasn't. By some miracle of fate, we were able to do not just a decent show, but a downright great show. Completely up to our normal standards. The audiences absolutely loved the little boy who played Oliver, Mr. Bumble and I got lots of laughs with our wacky antics, and (as far as I could see) nobody passed out when the cast walked into the audience (like 4 times.)
Of course there was one unfortunate element of the show: Fagin. Constant line-dropping is one thing, but acknowledging the line-dropping to the audience is COMPLETELY another. That's right. During "You've Got To Pick A Pocket Or Two" he forgot one of his lyrics and decided to say, clearly "I always forget this part." And then he continued. Jeez...
But it's okay, because overall, I really feel like we did a great show. We definitely didn't let our audience down at all. And now, everyone is totally relieved that it's finally over (but can't get "It's A Fine Life" out of their heads...)
But me, being the crazy little person that I am, I'm auditioning for (brace yourselves) ANOTHER SHOW!!!! Woohoo! That's right. The SmallTown Savoyards are doing their annual summer production (they always do Gilbert and Sullivan operettas) and this year the show is H.M.S. Pinafore. And I'll be auditioning a week from this Saturday.
What could I possibly be thinking???