We all made it back to our final destinations safely - following our final performance in Edinburgh, we began to separate - a few students stayed in Europe with their families, 4 students took different flights to fly directly to their college towns, most of the adults staff were on different flights (to save money), etc -
The company itself landed at Fargo's Hector Airport on Saturday evening at 6:24 pm. All luggage made it back. And it was so great to see so many parents greeting their students etc.
A nice story: I had called for a cab to take me and my daughter home from Hector. We were the last ones out of the airport making sure there was not left luggage etc. When I got in the cab, the driver said, "I'm here at the airport every day picking people up and I've never seen so many happy kids get off a plane, where were you coming from" I briefly filled him in on the details and he said, "sign me up for the next one!!' . . . I guess Rebecca is going to have to do the musical version of TAXI.
I will include a few last photos: one of the entire cast before our last performance, a picture of the cramped space the pit had to perform in, and a shot of some of the staff enjoying Mussels before the show -
A few last items of business:
The postcards are all written and stamped but as things went I forgot to mail them from the UK - so you will be receiving them with a UK stamp and a US stamp - maybe I will put them in the mail from our lake PO box so it will seem a little more exotic than a Fargo postmark - haha -
One of our company members, Tony Grosz, is a film student and shot a ton of footage while we were there. At some point this fall you will receive a link to the video he made along with a hard copy.
We printed off some of the UK posters of Spring Awakening and they will be mailed to you as well.
I will include as many of the reviews as I can find online. In past productions at the Fringe we were happy with getting one review but we lucked out this time in getting four. There were 8 reviewers in the house at various times throughout our run and four of them were published. We ended up with a three star, 2 four stars, and a five star.
I feel bad that I wasn't able to find a better venue for our production. The show deserved a larger space with more technical equipment (better lighting, better sound, and better place for the pit) As you will note all reviewers spoke about that. That was my fault and not the company's.
Finally, we want you all to know how blessed and honored we felt by the support that you offered us. Rebecca and I spent some time on Friday rehashing everything about the planning and execution of the whole adventure: from auditions to the rehearsals to the runs in both Fargo and Edinburgh Obviously, there are things we wish we could have changed. But mostly our hearts are thankful for our community of supporters and performers.
Brian Cole for the company of Spring Awakening - - -