As we approach this last week, my heart seems surprisingly full of joy. Not because I am happy for the end, but because these past two years have been nothing but the greatest most rewarding years of my life so far. We officially have just 8 performances left of Spring Awakening, and I am so thankful to have made it to the end of this incredible journey. Michael Mayer our director and Tom Hulce one of our producers came out last Saturday to bid farewell to us all as they have the Drama Desk Awards this Sunday on our closing for American Idiot. As the last show on Saturday ended, we all headed into the performers lounge for a meeting with them both. All of us, cast, band, management, everyone together listening to these two incredible men with such moving words. It was difficult for me to actually accept everything they were saying and it was quite an emotional few minutes for everyone. They talked about how Spring Awakening has been their baby for so many years, and how grateful they were for each and every one of us, for performing and spreading the word of this show around the country. It was incredibly moving to listen to both of them because they are so passionate about this show. It made me think, wow, I have been working on this show for 2 years and I am freaking out about it being over, but these men, and Ira, and Dunkan, and Bill, and Kim, and Steven and everyone, have been working on this show for 10ish years, it must be an insane feeling for them that Spring Awakening is over. So hearing them speaking of the end was actually something so beautiful, because it has been their everything for so long and they couldn't be more appreciative and content about how it all panned out with the show over all of these years. We each got to say our goodbyes to them, and that is when it finally hit me, that this thing, this beautiful piece of art that we have been working on for two years is coming to a final end. Of course I am sad and a bit overwhelmed with emotion about it, but I could not be more excited for this week. Everyone is ready to perform the hell out of these last 8 performances, and although it is going to be more difficult that I can imagine to sing that last line of "Purple Summer" on Sunday night, it is going to be a moment that I will never be able to forget, that I will get to share with my family on stage and the audience for one last time.
I haven't written in this blog for so long. Maybe because I did not want to talk about the end, but hearing the words of Michael and Tom made me realize that I and the cast will always be a part of this show, this masterpiece of a musical, and that will never end.
I hope some of you will be coming out to Orlando for our last and final performance of the 1st National Tour of Spring Awakening. We would love as many of you to be there with us on that last day as possible. You guys have been the most supportive and incredible fans and I am so thankful for each and everyone of you for loving this show as much as we do. So if you're busy, or broke, or tired, or grounded, or too young, just know that we all wish you were here. But, a little begging to your parents, or persuading of your friends for a road trip couldn't hurt right? We just want a house full of love that last night as cheesy as that sounds haha.
So here is too the best last week of Spring possible! A week full of lasts, but of memories that will be with us forever.