Here's Jeff selling heartdogs at intermission of Heart-A-Rama '08. For Jeff and a few others, this is a totally new experience. He has fallen into place nicely, volunteering to take on jobs before the show and during intermission in addition to his roles on stage. For our new cast and crew, this is all fresh, and their perception is that this is just the way things are.
The good news...the wonderful news...is that we all did well. The transition was smooth, and by the second night, the community house felt like home. The psychology of change has been examined by just about every philosopher, psychologist, writer and artist imaginable. My long time impression of Andy Warhol was that his avant-garde persona made him nearly impossible to understand. I have been doing some reading about him, and discovered that the simplicity of his work reflected the clarity with which he expressed himself. In commenting about his approach to art, he questioned "Isn't life a series of images that change as they repeat themselves?" That's sort of what we did. When you shake it all out, was moving to Two Rivers so dramatic or traumatic? Didn't we just shake ourselves around a little, point ourselves north and end up with essentially the same show? Once we all learned that the move was in no way counterproductive, and the build up anxiety dissipated, the result was a frenzy of energy that exploded on stage. It was great fun to watch it all happen!
David Bowie sang about ch-ch-ch changes; so did Bob Dylan and Donavan. They celebrated and encouraged change. And, we can't forget that snappy little tune from "Grease" - "Magic Changes." The changes have indeed been magic for Heart-A-Rama. Now we can all breathe a sigh of relief, look forward to four more nights of HAR '08, and then head on to 2009, when we will continue to flourish and change, and build upon a tradition of goodwill and good cheer.