Most people just make theirs up on the spot, but I like to be prepared. Also, for all three shows I have been the last person to speak on the last night.
I've done a few of these, and let me assure you, it's always crazy. This might have been a tiny bit more crazy than usual, but what can you do. I've been in this position for a couple of years but each time I go through the process I keep learning. I don't know everything, although sometimes it might seem like I do. In essence that job that Audrey and I work hard at to perfect is a whole bunch of problem-solving. And even though you bunch are the most insane people I've ever met, I'm glad I had the pleasure of working with you through this mess. 3 shows is a lot, and we've pulled it off. It shouldn't work, but it does. Thanks for being dedicated, and thanks for being crazy. We all can't take that role - some of us actually have to get things done. It takes guts to do what you do so tonight when you go out there, give it your all. Kick some ass.
I had no idea what I was going to say for my senior speech until I was in the car yesterday after the show, and I realized something. This is my 13th show, and I’ve seen so many people come through this program and then right back out. Westside Theater evolves each year and you get new faces and you see old faces and then the old faces have to leave. And someone else is the oldest. The cycle keeps going, and it’ll keep going long after every single one of us is gone. Yesterday Michael said to me, it’s the beginning of the end. And it is, for us. For us seniors who’ve been here a really long time, and seen so many faces throughout our years. And it’s true that next year we’ll be a memory to you, but as the cliche says, the show must go on. I’m so proud of this cast and what we’ve accomplished. This show is really heavy and we make it that perfect blend of sad and angry and sweet. It’s the whole collection of people who make it that way. Calling cues, doing lights, sound, scene changes and acting. We can’t forget the actors. This show is up there for me in my favorite shows to have worked on, and as I said, I have a lot of shows to choose from. I only have one more show after this one and then that’s it. But I’ll be back. I have to see how the talent I’ve seen with this show grows. Because I’ve seen a lot of talent and I know that all of you have the potential. So go out there tonight and give it your best. We all deserve to make this memorable.
Looking back on both speeches, I realize that each one reflects the type of show it was. NoMaM was stressful for me, crazy and rewarding. It was also a comedic show, so that shone through in my speech. My Outsiders one was a lot more serious, as was the play. And I enjoyed the process of Outsiders so much; I think my speech was more emotional.
Hopefully my speeches lived up to all the seniors that spoke before me, and hopefully the seniors after me continue this tradition.