Call was at 10:30. The show started 4 hours later. All I can say is Thank God for those 4 hours. It was during those four hours that we found out how the show was going to run, the order of the songs and the costume changes. We also got most of our costumes for the first time and some of them we didn't even know about before! It was also our only chance to dance with EVERYONE for each number. The stage was not quite as big as Vicki described, but it was a perfect fit for most of the dances (sans the one where everyone was packed on stage like sardines). We also got a chance to relax (only a bit!) and do our makeup and hair (for those of us who were feeling primp-y). One of the Dianes did my nails and let me borrow her lipstick (the one I have is pink not RED). That was the extent of my primping. :-P
For almost all of our dances, we were in 4 lines. So, as the most assertive and motherly of my line, I was designated (perhaps partially self appointed) the line leader. I reminded them which side of the stage we had to come in from, where we were supposed to be next, and pretty much made sure they were where they were supposed to be. Things were confusing enough back stage, so I think at least the Dianes were happy to have someone specifically tell them what they had to do next. :-P "The Dianes" is the name that I affectionately called the 2 ladies named Diane that happened to be in my row and happened to be next to each other. :-)
The show was a smashing success. With the exception of Wild, Wild, West (which we were never really told how it was going to end) the execution went off without a hitch. There were a few moments of panic backstage ("where's so-and-so, OMG we have to go on soon, oh there she is"), but nothing major. I'm sure there were a few steps dropped here and their, but I doubt the audience picked up on anything.
It really felt AMAZING to be performing in front of a crowd again. After it was over, I was thinking how great it would be to do a second show. There is something to be said for having a huge smile on your face for 2 hours straight (forced or not, it does lift your spirits)! Of course, after I sat down in the car, my entire body was aching and I was exhausted. :-P But whatever.
After the show, I found my family and Dad took some pictures of us (me with my Take me out to the Ballgame outfit on) and then we parted ways for a bit. I went back to the "dressing room" and gathered my stuff up and said goodbye to some people and gave Vicki a big hug. :) Then I wrestled all my stuff to the car and went home to get changed. Mom, Dad, Liz, and Albert picked me up at home and then we attempted to go to an Indian restaurant in downtown Harrisburg that Dad had gotten reservations for. But they definitely looked like they were not open nor were they opening anytime soon, so instead we went across the river to Lemoyne, and had dinner at the Rock Bass Grill. I had Swordfish, Smashed Potatoes, and the veggie of the day. Everything was delicious and Dad ordered a bottle of Riesling which is one of my favs, so all was well. :-)
After dinner, we drove around Harrisburg for a while and then they dropped me off at home. I should have gone to bed early, but instead I stayed up to watch the 2hr season finale of Desperate Housewives. Crazy stuff.
The muscle pain has now subsided (I was a bit sore yesterday morning), but now we have come to the first Tuesday with no tap class and I am sad. :-(