The show I’ve been working on opened tonight to rave reviews. In fact, based on the comments I was receiving you would have thought I was someone famous. The accolades were many. I was told more than once that I would have to come back and design for them again. At one point the tech director turned to the chair and told her there was no way I was leaving without signing a contract to do more shows. The costume designer basically said that I was too good to waste my time in Iowa. All of this a mere three days after they let me know in an email they weren’t hiring me. Hmmm. How do you think they would have responded if I’d actually gotten the job.
I do have to admit, all of this praise feels good, but it doesn’t negate the fact that I’m good enough to design for them just not good enough to teach their students. I’m not sure how I feel about that. The situation is made even more interesting because I managed to get approval for a student to design one of the pieces tonight and it’s the first time in years that a student has designed mainstage. The chair of the department turned to me at intermission with nothing but praise about the students work, not realizing that it was a student’s design. When I told her, she brushed it off as if I must have done all the work, which is far from the truth. The way I see it, I did my job and taught a student enough about lighting, to design her own show. Maybe I’m not such a bad teacher after all.
I’m also worried that my friend Stefan didn’t find my post yesterday funny. If you didn’t…I’m sorry. Please call me so that I can apologize in person and know that you have been mentioned in my blog for the very last time.
Have a great Friday.
Only 20 more days till I hit the road, Jack.