Reporter’s Notebook: The final bow |

Reporter’s Notebook: The final bow

This time next week I have a suspicion I will be very depressed.

Or I’ll just be asleep.

We’re entering our second and final weekend of performances of “Beauty and the Beast,” which means after Sunday, no more rehearsals, call times, costume changes or late nights in the theater. There are some obvious pros to this, mainly that I might actually go to the gym and I’ll finally be able to get to bed on time, but after spending every weeknight of the past eight weeks of my life with these people, I’m kind of bummed.

There were definitely moments at the start of this process that I wondered if I had made the right decision joining the cast. It was a huge commitment, and on those days when I’d had a rough day at work and showed up late without having dinner and no snacks on hand, I was pretty surly.

But then we’d get into it, we’d start singing or blocking or running our scenes, and I just had so much fun all the other stuff went away. The more friends I made in the cast the more I felt that way, and now I can’t imagine my life without it. It’s going to take some getting used to.

In light of this being my final column about the play, I think it’s time to say some words of thanks.

To Marisa Post, for all her time and energy directing, staging in front of the mirror at home, paying attention to all the little details and graciously telling us to shut up when we were getting off topic. Your commitment to excellence has really gotten our show to the level it’s at, and that is really amazing to see.

To Rita Hunter and Jody Hecht, our producers, without whose hard work and dedication the show would not go on. To Colleen Fawley for the beautiful costumes and everyone who volunteered to usher, help dress, do hair and makeup, or stitch up loose threads. To Murray, for keeping us all in line in rehearsal and on stage. To Tom Ward for creating beautiful sets, Kathy Gibson for handling props and always having more baguettes for me, David Dyer, our conductor and, of course, Kyle Jones, for directing our music and becoming a good friend along the way. And to everyone I don’t know who gave their time or money to lights, programs, photos and anything I’m forgetting, thank you so, so much.

But most of all, I’d like to thank Amy Laha for dragging me into this. If it wasn’t for you, I would have never committed to something like this and would have missed out on the awesome reward of being a member of this cast. Thanks to you, I learned at least most of the alto parts, made it on time to at least some rehearsals and stuck out the rough patches to be a part of this amazing show. You’re a kick-ass oven mitt, Von Laha, and it’s gonna be weird to not spend 12 hours of my day with you anymore.

Jill Beathard becomes a plate one last time on Sunday, Nov. 15. Email her at

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