Although tomorrow night is the official ‘press’ opening of our new musical version of A Christmas Carol at Wayside Theatre, today’s preview matinee is the first time this adaption of the Charles Dickens’ classic will be in front of an audience. Ticket sales picked up dramatically (they have been way down so far due to the economy) and we’ve got a sold out house this afternoon. The energy is high, the expectations even higher, and the adrenalin is pumping.
Watching a piece you wrote is far more excruciating than a piece you’ve just directed. One you’ve written and directed is even more so. At least my collaborator, composer Steve Przybylski, gets to play the show from behind the keyboard. I just get to sit and watch and take notes on my Tablet PC.
As I blog this, we’re about 29 minutes from curtain, so hang on to your hats, folks. Here we go.