As I sit in the lobby of Beeghly Theater dressed in my box office best a sense of panic, exhilaration, and nervousness washes over me. Jillian, Andria, and I set everything up, making sure that we are completely ready for patrons to enter, whilst Zach (the house manager) is preparing to open the lobby. It’s officially opening night of Stop Kiss; in fact it’s my last opening night as a student.
I could spend pages telling you about all of the experiences I have done but I’ll keep it simple. Over the past four years I have poured my heart and soul into working on 14 out of 15 Theatre Westminster productions. I’ve had credits ranging from stage crew to acting and even costume design; but when it’s when I’m working the box office that I get a real appreciation of what we do here. Simply, this is because I get to see the patrons who experience all of the hard work that gets put into a show before and after it begins, something you can’t do in a booth, behind curtains, or on stage.
Sometimes I worry that the audiences don’t understand what it is we do, but I know that no matter what I am proud to be a part of this little theater and that keeps a smile on my face, in good times and in bad.
I see the first person walk through the doors, hand them their tickets and I go from nervous to melancholy, because in three more days I will no longer be sitting in this box office; and sooner than I want, I will no longer walk into Beeghly as a student. I love this little theater, no matter how stressful it may get. And although I am moving on from it, the memories I have inside will always stay with me, as will everything I have learned.
So I would like to thank everyone who has taught me inside of these walls, because when I graduate in a few weeks I will leave with more knowledge and appreciation of the theatre than I ever thought possible and it’s because of you.
But before I graduate be sure to come see Theatre Westminster’s production of Stop Kiss so I am able to see more people enjoy the last production I will work on here!