Greetings castmates! It's time to stop the presses in
River City as the Gazette closes production. What a great run we
have had. This publisher will miss you all so very much.
Many of you used costumes from Twilight Theatre, or borrowed from other
theatres. It is very important to return these. Be sure to
clean and return the costumes at the cast party. Also make sure they
are completely dry so they will not mildew during storage. Remember
any bows or ties that went with the costume.
Why We Act
because we love the theatre experience and very little of that has to do
with the drudgery of memorizing lines or fear of facing the lights. It is
about lending your time and your talent to a common goal that binds us
together. It is the accomplishment of becoming greater as a whole than we
are as individuals. It is the shared thrill of success when we know a job
is well done and the roar of applause still echoes in our ears. And
finally, it is the journey to become characters on a stage while being
given the privilege to discover the wonderful people with whom we share
So what's next for Tony?
To be quite honest, I loathed the day when the play is over and rehearsals
are no more and I have no immediate means to see the many fine members of The
Music Man cast. I don't live here and I will rarely
run into you in town. I hated the idea of just saying goodbye to
people I with whom have shared so much time, work, and sweat. I have
learned in theatre, that we do say goodbye, and then find each other again
on stage as we join another production. I truly look forward to that
day. And until then... there is sunlight on the horizon and you have
not seen the last of me.
A fond farewell from the
By the Numbers
We saw over a thousand people visiting us in River City. We
performed on one of the largest stages you may ever use as an
actor. We had about 50 members in our cast, 26 members in our
orchestra, and a dozen or so in the crew.
If Nothing Else...
During the past week, I have received a long list of thanks from many of
you or your parents. I must share that appreciation to the
many, many people who I asked to get involved. What a great group of
people because so many eagerly jumped a the chance to be a part. I
hope you are all left with great memories and friendships. I am.
Frank Gotch, born in Humboldt,
Iowa on 27 April 1878, is
considered by many to be the first great professional wrestling
champion. He is famous for his "step-over toe-hold." On Labor Day in
1908, Gotch, the then American Heavyweight Champion, defeated World
Heavyweight Champion, George Hackenschmidt, at
Comiskey Park in
to unify the two titles. Gotch died in 1917.
Ed "Strangler" Lewis was born Robert Herman Julius Friedrich in Wisconsin in 1889. Around
1910, he took the name Lewis from a wrestler of the previous century
known as Evan "The Strangler" Lewis, a master of the strangle hold. Ed
"Strangler" Lewis never used the illegal strangle hold but developed the
legal headlock which, when properly applied, would render the opponent
unconscious. In the days of Gotch and Lewis, there was no time limit on
matches. There is no evidence that Gotch and Lewis ever fought.
Wells Fargo Wagon goes home.
It's been a great stage centerpiece
during our run of The
Music Man, and having a new paint job, the Wells Fargo wagon returns to
her post at Roger's Bar-B-Que.
living room sofa spends more time on stage than you do.
have your own secret family recipe for stage blood.
ever appeared on stage wearing your own clothes.
can find a prop in the prop room that hasn't seen the light of day in
ten years, but you don't know where your own vacuum cleaner is.
have a Frequent Shopper Card at The Salvation Army.
start buying your work clothes at Goodwill so you can buy your
costumes at the mall.
children have ever begged you not to buy them any more Happy Meals.
think Neil Simon is a misunderstood genius.
ever appeared in a show where the cast outnumbered the audience.
ever gotten a part because you were the only guy who showed up for
set designer has ever told you not to walk on the left half of the
stage because the floor's still wet -- five minutes before curtain.
ever been told your director has no eyebrows because he handled
special effects for the last show.
ever cleaned a tuxedo with a magic marker.
ever said, "Don't worry - we'll just hot glue it."
ever appeared on stage in an outfit held together with hot glue.
ever seriously considered not doing in the murder victim because the
gunshot might wake up the audience.
ever appeared in a show where tech week is devoted to getting the
running time under three and a half hours.
lighting director has ever missed a cue because he was blinded by the
glare from the sea of bald heads in the audience.
ever appeared on stage in an English drawing room murder mystery where
half the cast spoke with southern accents.
ever called for a line -- in front of an audience.
mother has ever greeted you after a performance with the words
"Don't give up your day job."
ever appeared in a show featuring a flushing toilet sound effect.
audience recognizes you the minute you walk on stage because they saw
you taking out the trash before the show.
ever menaced anyone with a gun held together with electrical tape.
ever had to haul a sofa off stage between scenes wearing a dinner gown
and high heels.
ever played the father of someone your father's age.
kids know your lines better than you do.
kids SAY your lines better than you do.
get home from rehearsal and have to go back to the theater because you
forgot your kids.
ever appeared in a show where an actor leaned out through a window
without opening it first.
ever heard a director say, "Try not to bump into the
furniture," and mean it.
ever appeared on stage with people you're related to.
ever heard the head of the set construction crew say, "Just paint
it black - no one will ever see it."