First of all, I love my job…I love my job….I love my job. I really do. But 6:30 am is too early to be driving to a gig. I keep asking myself over and over, “Who the [blazes] booked this thing???!” And then being forced to answer, “Oh. I did.”
Portland Opera To Go is in full swing and we have been experiencing terrific success, both in schools and in our various McMenamins venues. I couldn’t be more pleased or proud of the magnificent and heroic work ethic and professionalism exhibited by my cast, and their ability to pull a brilliant performance out even when the evening performance is 12 hours after our initial call. We did that this week. I am telling you—we are Opera Peace Corps, the toughest job you will ever love.
But, of course, even the toughest job has its perks. For instance, watching Stacey Murdock as Dr. Dulcamara turn on the bubble machine in his cart and watching the kid sitting next to me gasp and bounce, exclaiming, delighted, “Now, THAT’S cool.” Or having an octogenarian taking the usual place of a kindergartner delivering a “telegram” in the show, and having him be as full of joy as a five-year-old to help us out, even as he gave me a knowing wink. Or getting to actually say, “Yeah, we are playing The Crystal tonight.” Or seeing our pianist, David, sitting on an amp at the keyboard on the sidewalk at 14th and Burnside in the middle of the night as we loaded out of the Crystal Ballroom.
What we do every day is exhausting work, but also incredibly rewarding. Every time the alarm clock rings at 4:30 am and I just think that I cannot possibly get up, I think of Erik Hundtoft strutting about as Belcore, or hearing the kids laughing as Dan (Nemorino) feeds the pigs on our set paper corn, and get up and get in the shower. I am rewarded each day by the people I work with and the children and communities we serve.
But I really wish I had booked these shows later.
We hope to see you at the opera!
Education & Outreach Manager