Our Sunday matinee performance was solid, though both actors and audience had energy typical of a summer weekend afternoon. I was mindful that this was the last time Cheep, Cheep! would be running, admiring the work Ken Richardson and shop students had done on our fair booth, our smart & silly costumes designed by Sheri Long and Cory Warren, and all the work and time from Alex Ries and the actors in and outside rehearsals. It's been great to be a part of this process. Not only did I appreciate the free mushroom bacon swiss cheeseburgers, courtesy of our freshmen actors' surplus dining hall money, but I enjoyed the company of my cast at our pre-show cafeteria feasts. I had a blast playing tag, ninja, and some odd foot game. Feet on feet. Our cast was also kind enough to buy Alex and I chicken biscuits and sign cards, and Casey even brought in a live a chicken for us to... I don't know. I don't know what the expectation/intention was there. There was a lot of secrecy about it. I was taken to a room and shown a box. I looked inside, at it - the chicken. It was chill.
A. Ries and I had a couple of brief, knowing, and congratulatory handshakes at the end of the run. I spent so much time with him on this project, working and discussing each step of the way, and he's already off to California as I write this - I probably won't see him for a long time. He's been great to work with and I've been told appreciative things from the cast. I was happy with how things turned out; most of the changes for the final draft were thanks to his input and our cooperative effort. I was approached by several people who told me that the slow motion egging scene was their favorite part of the whole show. I got to tell them that it wasn't in the script; rather, the whole effect was Ries's idea - I wasn't even present for the rehearsal when that idea came into fruition. Anyway, he'll be missed and good luck to him.
Things end, and change quickly. I am sad but also glad this production is over. It's time to finish up the term and look forward to Midsummer Night's Dream as this summer's Bard in the Quad production.