Marie-Louise (Emily Baker) makes a toast to her own “three angels.”
The show opened on Friday, December 2 and I have since returned to the Northwest from St. Louis. With one week of shows under their belts, the cast is settling into the run with confidence, energy, and the warm reviews of St. Louis’ theatre critics.
Opening night was an exciting affair surrounded by the Actors’ Studio’s supportive board members and artistic staff, a hard-working cast, and a community of pleased audience members. The run was solid and the cast saw that their hard work and dedication through the process had paid off. I saw the performances on Friday and Saturday and left St. Louis on Sunday morning proud of my immensely talented cast and crew and thinking, “Yeah … they’ve got this.”
Saying “good-bye” to a show is a bittersweet experience, particularly when the process has been so positive and re-affirming in my love for what I do. But, that’s all part of the game- I’ve just never had to “let go” in such an abrupt way by getting on a plane and flying 2,000 miles away!
Jules (Garrett Bergfeld) and Emilie (Penney Kols) share a moment of understanding over a cup of coffee on Christmas morning.
The show came together faster than I could have imagined and, in general, quite smoothly considering all the surprises that came with being an outsider coming into a close-knit theatre community. In the end, the “angels” were appropriately clever, charming, and a little bit dangerous. The Ducotels were luminous with grace and goodness. And the villains … were, well, downright villainous.
Paul (Casey Boland) wakes up to find the angels searching for a “missing collar button.”
I hope that in my absence the show continues to grow and please audiences with all its warm, holiday sentiment. I am looking forward to returning to St. Louis soon and working again with such a talented company of artists and new friends.
Have an amazing run My Three Angels! I will be thinking of you often from Oregon!
My Three Angels runs through December 18th, 2011 at the St. Louis Actors’ Studio.