Carol Burnett used to end her shows with a song that said:
I’m so glad we had this time together,
Just to have a laugh or sing a song.
Seems we just got started and before you know it
Comes the time we have to say, ‘So long.’
That’s exactly how I feel right now. Hartburn Hotel at McKinney Repertory Theatre ended today. We had a fabulous time, met lots of people, and made many new friends. The ending is bittersweet. I’m glad that rehearsals are over, but I’ll miss everyone — and I’ll miss performing.
I’m taking many fond memories of this fantastic experience with me. I wish the cast, crew, director, and producer the best of luck in their future endeavors. Many are already auditioning for other shows. It’s the same for me and Gary. We’re already working on our next show, Saturday Night Life at ALC. We’re all moving on, but hopefully we’ll get the chance to work together again in other shows.
Our last performance of Hartburn Hotel was a 2 pm matinee. We had a decent crowd in the audience, especially for a Sunday afternoon. They were a bit quieter than our evening audiences, but they still had fun and got involved in the show.
After today’s performance, we had a brief TalkBack session with the playwright and cast. Once that was over, we changed out of costume and began to strike the set. We tore everything down in a couple of hours and loaded it into the MRT storage space. Then, came the fun! The director invited everyone over to his house for a final cast party. It was a nice evening and a fitting end to this great experience. I can’t wait to do it again in the future!
Until then, it’s time to say, “so long.”