Day 2 – If you could zoom through space in the speed of light, what place would you go to right now?
When I read this challenge I didn’t have to think long on where I would be right now. I’m not sure if it’s the actual place that holds me, or the experience which went with it.
One of the best experiences in the world for me is live theatre. There is just something magical about it. The lights, sounds, costumes, atmosphere, ambiance, the hush of the audience, the cacophony of the orchestra tuning (in the musical theatre – of course). Then there is the rush of the first line that pulls you in, enfolds you and keeps you until you forget you are in an audience with hundreds. Suddenly it is only you and the characters on stage. There is life there, a heartbeat, a pulse-rushing-face-flushing euphoria that is unlike anything else. It is short lived but powerful.
Being on stage is even better. There’s a thrill and rush which can not compare to anything in the world. Fear of the fumbled line, tripping over cast, bumping into furniture, the rush of crew back stage, hoping that important prop is in place, short timed costume changes that you might just make before your cue, but it’s all part of the show if the audience doesn’t know.
When it’s all over and the audience has gone home, when you’re still on a high from performing, but back to being yourself…the theatre changes. Like a lover watching the rain for a spouse long gone; the theatre lights are out and the magic is little more than a glint of dust on the floor. She aches with hollowness, hopeless in the face of a promise broken. Wearily she settles her heavy bones and removes the lingering trace of makeup from under her tears. She removes the glittery dress he’ll never see. It is a heavy sigh. The memory of the applause still lingers, the echo of the final chord, but it is disappearing as silently as a candle smoke after a breath has extinguished the flame.
The theatre…is empty and alone.
This moment, this place, this is where I’d choose to be.