I honestly believe that someday I will view this production as one of the formative experiences in my life. I learned how to trust myself again and that I have something to offer the world that is precious. I have rediscovered how much I love to perform. Actually, of all the performances I have ever been involved with, this is the one I am most proud of. So proud, in fact, that I am going to frame the poster. I have never even considered doing that before.
You are all warm, passionate, brave people, and I appreciate each of you uniquely. For the veterans who performed in Power of Pussy I want to say that all of you have grown so much as actors during this production. You far exceeded my expectations and gave Blind Spots a beautiful soul. To the newbies I want to say that you guys rocked it. You all took on big roles and provided a level of commitment that brought Only Connect to a new level.
To Corinna--You put your soul into writing and performing this play. The professionalism with which you handled rehearsals set the tone for everyone else. Congratulations to you. You created something that moved people, and (for me) even changed lives. I don't think that performing a different play would have impacted me as deeply as this one did.
As you have demonstrated through the casting choices of this play, you see peoples' potential and strengths. I will admit, I originally wanted the role of Liza, but I learned and grew so much more by being part of the music group and playing Sandra. (I got use some of my inner Sandra yesterday...) I actually don't think I would have been ready for a bigger role.
I am looking forward to playing cello in Narnia for you. I am a bit nervous, but I know that if I am in your hands everything will be okay. You kept saying, "You've got to trust me." Well, I have certainly learned to trust you, and I will take any risk you want me to. For you I would stand on my desk and cry
O Captain! my Captain! rise up and hear the bells;
Rise up—for you the flag is flung—for you the bugle trills,
For you bouquets and ribbon’d wreaths—for you the shores a-crowding,
For you they call, the swaying mass, their eager faces turning;
I respect and admire you so much. Although what you do is mostly hard, dirty work you found your magic dust and gave some to me. And you know what? I'm not going to let that magic go to waste. You have shown me that following your passion can make a lasting impact on other peoples' lives (while also ensuring you don't live in a cardboard box on the street), and that gives me so much hope for my own life.
I think Alice's wonderland, your world, and mine aren't so different. We are all creators, we are never static. We are always trying to figure out the world and put our figurings into some form through which we can can communicate them with people. It's an odd thing, really.
So, thank you for creating Only Connect and giving us Warriors--Misfits, Travelers, Vandals--a place to come together and create a safe, supportive, stimulating environment. Thank you for kicking our butts when we felt we didn't have any more energy to give. Thank you for providing us with something beautiful.
The ship has weather’d every rack, the prize we sought is won,
The port is near, the bells I hear, the people all exulting,
From fearful trip the victor ship comes in with object won;
Exult O shores, and ring O bells!
We came in victorious, and what a journey it was! I'm looking forward to the next one.