My friend from Valley AEYC, Robin, was also in the play. She’d been in Papermaker Player productions before, but this was Teacher’s first time.
I knew that Teacher had been involved in drama in high school and loved it, so when he was invited to audition for Cheaper by the Dozen I told him to go for it. I was in drama at my high school too and wouldn’t mind getting back into it again someday, but right now I don’t have time to add anything else.
I’d planned to see all four shows – Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights, plus Saturday afternoon – but of course life got in the way.
Thursday night I had hair appointment to get ready for Uncle Jay and Dee’s wedding, but when it was done I hustled over to catch as much of the play as I could. I knew that Teacher’s part came at the end of the first act and was worried that I’d miss it.
I texted Nicole before leaving the salon parking lot, “Just leaving the salon”
“ok go in the 1st auditorium door (on left) we r on the left” she replied.
I was so close I could see the high school when Teacher’s trusty GPS failed me; the left-hand turn it told me to make would have taken me off the road and over the side of a viaduct. “Nooooooo!” So close and yet so far!
Refiguring the route, the GPS had me continue on the highway until the next exit, which took me back through a 25 MPH residential area. “Ack, I’m NEVER going to get there!”
Despite my dramatics I did get there; just a couple of minutes later than the GPS had originally figured. But those minutes could be the difference between seeing Teacher and missing him.
Parking quickly, I ran through the rain and into the school. Just outside the auditorium doors I shed my coat and folded my umbrella while I tried to remember what the layout was on the other side of the doors. Could I sneak in without being seen, or would a beam of light from the opening door give me away?
Suddenly I heard a loud voice coming from the other side of the door… could it be? Yes! It was Teacher!
Who cares if I’m noticed; my honey is onstage and I’m missing it!
I flew through the auditorium door and almost smacked face-first into the second one – guess I didn’t need to worry about light! I pushed the outer door shut as I opened the inner door, stepped into the darkness, and froze.
There he is!
Oh my goodness – WHAT is he wearing?!
I knew his character, Joe Scales, was a cheerleader and I’d imagined that his costume would include a letterman’s sweater or jacket. I never dreamed he’d be wearing yellow and blue plaid pants! And look; not only are they Teacher’s beloved Michigan colors, he’s also got a big M on his shirt!
Keeping my eyes glued to the stage I slipped into the chair next to Nicole. “Your husband is such a dork!” she laughed.
“No, he’s just a good actor.” I replied, smiling.
And he was! I knew Teacher would be a good actor, but I didn’t know how good. That’s my man! I thought as I watched him with pride.
All too quickly his scene ended and it was time for intermission. I was looking forward to watching Robin in the second act, but not as much as I was looking forward to seeing Teacher after the show.
After the show I made him pose for a close-up.
And of course we had to include, who in addition to giving Teacher a hard time in rehearsals, did an AMAZING job in the show.
I don’t know if Robin’s character, Ernestine, would be considered one of the main characters, but she definitely was among those with the most lines.
Friday Nicole and I missed the play because we were road-tripping with Dorothy so I could receive my award, but I went both Saturday afternoon and evening. It was so much fun to notice the differences in each performance – some made deliberately, and some made by mistake – and to study their makeup and costumes. Makeup and costuming was my favorite part of Drama class in high school.
I can’t wait to see what production they’ll do next; whatever it is I hope Teacher gets a role in it!