"The only thing constant in life is change."
~François de la Rochefoucauld
If you are going to mount an Equity Showcase of your musical, the one thing you can be certain of is CHANGE. Changes in actors' availabilities, changes in the quotes you get on lighting and sound packages, changes in your creative team, your production team, your budget, your life.
My life has dramatically changed since I took on this project. Fortunately, mostly for the better. So should it be any surprise to me that each day (okay, each hour) brings one change after another as far as this project goes? I'll admit, my initial reaction to each change is panic. But, what has changed, is how long that panic lasts. I've got it down to about 45 seconds now.
Part of the reason my panic is short-lived is because I have a great team who can help me navigate each of these ups and downs effectively. Rather than dwell, we accept, move on and take action.
Not a bad way to live.
Another reason my panic doesn't last long anymore is that human beings are just not wired to react to each and every stressor and change that comes their way for very long. Sooner or later, a mechanism kicks in (okay, maybe for some people that is a beer or a glass of wine), but for me, it's just a throwing up of my hands and a "all I can do is the best I can do. There is only so much I have control over."
Because these changes are not things that I could see coming. They are just the little twists and turns that are a part of living on this planet...the same ones that actually make life pretty interesting and dynamic.
The final reason why I've gotten my panic time down to 45 seconds is because there is a certainty in these changes. They are the one thing I can actually count on and expect until May 8th comes and goes.
Speaking of change, we've got Meredith Ingelsby playing Victoria. DLC (Donna Lynne Champlin) has got a pretty big change going on in her life right now (yes, our second loss to motherhood) and we want her to be able to relax and relish every moment of it.
Meredith is beautiful, accomplished, talented and best of all--half-Greek! (This is a musical about epic Greek theatre, after all.)
So, if any of you are thinking about developing and producing your musical--go for it. Just be ready to embrace change.
And remember--change can be good.