Tomorrow the papers get signed, we make our first payment, and we can say we officially have the building.
I’m very, very excited. Excited about the things we will be able to do, and also a little…well, “anxious” is the word that comes to mind. However, that feels too much like I’m worried, and I’m not. I’m excited to take what I do to the next level, and curious to see how well I can do it. Being Associate Artistic Director for a successful theatre company for a while was a great experience, and I learned a lot of what to do and what not to do. Now it’s my chance, as Artistic Director, to see which mistakes I make, and which successes I’ll have. I’m excited to be a part of this group of people creating this thing, making this opportunity for us to tell stories. I’m also eager to get to it. Ready to go.
(Although I’m impatient to be further along than we are, this weekend of holiday get-togethers has really helped remind me to be thankful for what I have, what’s come before now. Because it’s quite a bit. I’m a lucky guy. A lucky guy who’s working on being more patient!)
Spent time in the building yesterday and today. Considering possibilities of all sorts, ranging from the vital things to the minutia; staging of shows, positioning of stage/seats, fundraising, choice of offices, paint, scheduling of events, name of the company (possibly losing the “Project” and just going with “Williamston Theatre” once we’re in the building), cost of lighting equipment, placement of lighting grid and dimmers, play selection, slotting the plays in the season. And more.
Coming up on some of the decisions that will begin the very testing I was talking about a couple of paragraphs ago.
Typed a chunk there, realized a public forum wasn’t the right place to hold my inner debate about some things, deleted the aforementioned chunk. See, learning as we go.
I hope I pick up my lessons that quickly and easily over the upcoming months!
We learn to do something by doing it. There is no other way. – John Holt