This week was the end and beginning of lot of things- In my personal life, I broke up with my boyfriend of over two years to seek new adventures. In my professional life, I ended my first contract with Souris Valley Theatre, had my first audition at Rainbow Stage in Winnipeg, got my first job with Word on the Street and got my first callback at Persephone Theatre! Lots to handle but it is definitely going well.
I had a wonderful time in Estevan this summer. I was very sad to have to leave it behind- it sort of feels like its own magical universe. It was easy to take time to do what I enjoyed there and not feel a pressing need to work all the time. Many thanks to Mark, Jodi, Donny, Rebecca, Nick, Bill, Rebecca (there were two, I didn't mess up!), Sheldon and Kenn for making the show so successful and to Breanne, Blair, Maureen, Josh and the countless others that worked very hard at that theatre much longer than I did!
Every great show deserves a great closing party and I was so glad that we got to celebrate Bill's birthday with ice cream cake on our last night in the trailers. I forged some very meaningful friendships this summer and I hope to work with everyone again some day!
Then it was back to reality. I left from Estevan and drove for six hours to reach Winnipeg on Sunday night. I was very fortunate to have my friend, Tatiana Carnevale put me up in her room for the night so I would be well rested for my general audition the next day!
I won't go into detail about the audition itself, but it did occur to me that my investment of 14 hours of driving for 5 minutes in the audition room seemed kind of silly- but I'm ultimately glad I did it. Everyone needs a big ole road trip now and again. It does make you wonder how this business is survivable. You can invest in it forever and never see any return. That's why its great, and pretty essential, to have the big supportive communities of other theatre artists around you to remind you of what it's for.
I was very grateful to be invited along on a friends' closing party on my way back from Winnipeg. Seeing a cast get together outside of the show is always something special, it's a particular kind of friendship. I bowled in a dress moderately successfully even! I had never ten pin bowled before and so I was improving at a rapid rate! My first game I scored 8 points and my second I scored 59! So if any one is up for some ten pin bowling any time soon, I'm sure I'll be able to septuple my score all over again.
It's weird to be back in the reality of not having a theatre job lined up. But it's all onward and upward from here! And who knows what the future will bring?