Christmas Magic

A month ago, I ventured to Salt Lake City to create a show.

I had no idea what to expect.

I felt like I had no idea what I was doing.

Except that, this just felt right. 

See, when an artistic director of one of the greatest regional theaters in the United States offers you an Stage Directors and Choreographers Foundation Observership - a chance to learn, and watch, and grow - YOU TAKE IT. You don't ask questions, you just...go.

And while I have learned a great deal from my new mentor, (more on that later) I've also learned a great deal about the beauty of the human spirit.

One of my favorite parts of the show is the closing number, in which the entire company sings, "God Bless Us Everyone", from A Christmas Carol.

May I remind you of the lyrics for a moment:

Let the stars in the sky
Remind us of man's compassion
Let us love till we die and
God Bless us everyone

In your heart there's a light
As bright as a star in heaven
Let it shine through the night and
God bless us everyone

Till each child is fed,
Till all men are free
Till the world becomes a family

Star by star in the sky and
Kindness by human kindness
Light this world with your love and
God bless us everyone

Till each child is fed,
Till all men are free
Till the world becomes a family.

Let the stars in the sky
Remind us of man's compassion
Let us love till we die and
God bless us everyone

In light of recent events - these words, well, they hit me like a ton of bricks.

Freedom. Love. Family. Kindness. Friendship. Compassion.

These are the fundamental threads that weave together the blanket of humanity that unites us all - everything else is just excess thread. 

I've always said that theatre teaches compassion...but I've never seen it to be more true than with a group of actors, designers, technicians that I have had the good fortune to get to know over this past week.

Compassion is not a strong enough word to describe what I've seen in them all. They love fiercely, they create beautifully, they understand the nature of collaboration more than most.  There is a sincere need to be want to be there for their fellow cast members, a rare and sort of special treasure to find in such a big group of people.

Theatre - it is a tribe of the most special sort of humans. For there is a need to love, to listen, to act, to learn, and to make this world a little bit better than when you found it.

To my new tribe - I love you all. I'm so proud of you all. I'm so lucky to have known you, to worked with you.

I shall carry you with me.

Happy Opening!