Those of us with any stage experience have probably learned the hard truth about that phrase: "the show must go on."
In 2003 I played the role of the Scarecrow in our production of "The Wizard of Oz." In those days we would pack up the entire show, costumes, sets and all, and take it to Waitsburg for performance on the high school stage.
In the days prior to that last show, I started to get sick. Really, really sick. I didn't have an understudy, so I hastened to the local doctor and got drugs.
But by then it was too late to do any good. By the time of the performance, I had no singing voice. Heck, I barely had any voice at all. I felt like I'd been run over. I had gotten run down (over)playing the part, and there was nothing left.
But (yes, here it is), the show must go on. It simply has to do. It did not occur to me to report that I was too sick to do the last show. People had paid good money to see it. You can't do "Oz" without a Scarecrow.
So, I did the show with the 5% reserves I had left. My friend Dan Nechodom (Tinman) wasn't feeling much better. We strategically kept two bottles of Chloraseptic off stage right and left, and sprayed our mouths after each exit just to keep from passing out from the pain of trying to sing.
After the show I went home, fell into bed, and didn't get up for three days.
And I'd do it all over again. (And I have, many times.)
The group of people who come together to do a live musical production put in untold hours of time and incredible amounts of sacrificial energy to put on a show. It's hard work. And worth every minute when comes show time.
So, please, do yourself a favor and buy tickets to see "Willy Wonka" Nov. 15-Dec. 8. It's magical and there's nothing like it in the world.
"We are the Music Makers. We are the Dreamers of Dreams." --Willy Wonka