We Have Arrived!
We arrived at our venue: The Players Theatre on MacDougal Street in The Village; no place like this vibrant, artistic, colorful community in the world. I pried my hands off the steering wheel of the minivan, to which they had become glued somewhere around the Holland Tunnel when I saw my life passing before me. Thank God for our senior actor, Ross Magoulas (Pops), who kicked in with some show tunes as we became hopelessly lost, yet again!
Our “Perfectly Normel People” (PNP) family showed the folks at Players Theatre what teamwork is, as we kicked into high-gear unloading our U-Haul. There are no out-of-whack egos in this unusual ensemble—everyone pitches in, whether onstage or behind the scenes. Tripp Hamilton (Frankie), grew up around theatre, as his parents own Pure Theatre in Charleston. He knows what needs to be done on and off stage without being told. Bronson Taylor (Hadley) our College of Charleston lead, actually built our countertop for the production, and the contributions of our little group go on and on.
After checking into the venue, some of us went to our apartment rental in Prospect Heights, Brooklyn, where we are living, dormitory-style for the next couple of weeks. As I woke to find our Associate Producer, Catherine Burton (Professor of Criminal Justice at The Citadel), sipping her first cup of coffee with an “I’m too old for this shit” look on her face and heard the pitter-patter of the elephant children in the apartment above us, I knew that we were not in Kansas anymore!