Today we don the final performance of Glory Bea! A Shenandoah Christmas Story at Wayside Theatre. It's Christmas Eve. There's no place I'd rather be than here today. Every year with our annual Christmas show I tell the cast that our charge and our mission is to bring Christmas to our visitors. Every year we do. Each performance we sense the audience getting into the Christmas Spirit right along with us. But the Christmas Eve performance is always something special.
Theatre artists talk about that bond that develops between performer and audience member all the time, but on Christmas Eve with a Christmas show the bond begins forming long before the audience takes their seats or the actors head to places. Everyone knows, and expects, this to be magical, this to be joyful, and this to be Christmas. And you know what? It is.
Today we'll travel that journey once again and then the Wayside gang will head off for a couple of weeks to try and recoup a little energy for the remainder of the season. It has been a year of challenges and a year of successes. It has also been a year of wonderful people working hard and sharing their efforts. Thanks to all of the wonderful children who make Glory Bea! possible and thanks to their wonderful parents for sharing them with us on this ride. Thanks also to Rich and Larry for giving us this tale to tell. Thanks to our audiences for spending the time with us.
And as always thanks to the wonderful artists who are Wayside Theatre. Some of us will be traveling different paths in the new year to come, but we'll always have those moments of joy we've created for those willing to come and play with us. Especially those on Christmas Eve.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.