Relief comes in many forms. And, we could all use relief today! The last two years have brought us a global pandemic, division, and a general feeling of being disconnected from each other. It seemed our world was turned upside down at times.
Many of you likely remember that Spamalot, set to open in April 2020, was one of three shows remaining in our 2019/2020 season that was canceled. We’d already invested a significant amount of resources into the production, including licensing costs, scenic and costume fabrications, and countless rehearsal hours. I’m so relieved today that we can finally bring this to the stage for you. Monty Python’s Spamalot has brought me relief in other ways as well, including:
Laughter! This show is perfectly nonsensical and ridiculous. I could use some brainless activity these days! It’s spot-on timing.
Connection. I’ve felt a “pep in the step” these few couple months around the theatre. This energy comes from the connectedness to others. We come from all walks of life, religions, and cultural backgrounds to put on a show and the comradery that percolates is the secret sauce in theatre. It is exactly what the proverbial doctor ordered.
Rebirth. It is a new beginning for Stageworks; a new chapter. After maneuvering the difficulty of shutting down a non-profit during a pandemic, we’re finally doing what we do best. And, thanks to you, our supporters, we all get to play theatre again. We’ve come out of a long, dark winter and stumbled upon a Texas version of spring!
We’ve been sick. We’ve been broke. We’ve lost friends, colleagues, and loved ones. Yet, it all comes back to this little theatre and an irreverent show named for Special Processed American Meat to find relief from the crazy world outside our doors. Everyone can use a few laughs, audience connection, and a new beginning. My hope is that this show brings the same relief as it has done for me in producing it for you.