Go Get or Regret ! ! ! ? ? ?
Last weekend, the Adams Shakespeare Theatre closed its gates for the last time on the S.U.U. campus in Cedar City. The last three plays produced on the stage were (Thursday night: a comedy) The Taming of the Shrew; (Friday night: a tragedy) King Lear; and (Saturday night: a history) Henry IV, Part II. At the end of each play’s curtain calls, the actors returned to the stage with lighted candles. During those three nights, each cast member recited a line from a different Shakespearean play which had been performed on that stage and blew out his or her candle. The named all the comedies (Thursday), the tragedies (Friday), and, finally, the histories (Saturday). The last night, all audience members were given small, bright lights and a movingly silent crowd of 1,000 to 1,500 people was led by the actors, away from the old theatre, across the police-guarded street, past the indoor Randall theatre to the constructions site where the beginnings of the new outdoor theatre are beginning to take shape. The last light, a lantern, was blown out and a spotlight shot a beam of light overhead into a star-studded sky.
My husband and I, both ardent theatre fans and participants, hadn’t heard about the plan for that last week until we were in Cedar City the previous week to see all nine of the season’s plays. We drove back to Salt Lake on Sunday, saying how much we wished we’d known sooner; how much we regretted, and would regret, not being there for those closing ceremonies. By the time we reached home, it was decided. He got on the internet early Monday morning, miraculously found lodging — again — at our favorite motel and was able to buy two of the four remaining tickets for Thursday, and two each from the few tickets left for Friday and Saturday. How we would have regretted not being there! Expensive? Sure. But worth it? AB-SO-LUTE-LY !
What have you always regretted not having done? Where would you have gone, or what would you have done if you could have? Does it haunt you still?
What does your MC regret? What change of plans would s/he make to be a part of something wonderful, almost no matter the cost in $$$, time, energy or what have you?
Sometimes, we just need to “go get” so we won’t always “regret” !
(For a discussion of “theater” and “theatre” see Grammarist dot com/spelling/theater-theatre. But I’m talking about Shakespeare (British!) here, so Theatre it is !)
Saw this on something-or-other online and thought it was GREAT:
“Tired of starting over? Stop giving up ! ! !
It was without attribution, so I don’t know who came up with it, but it was funny, sad, hurtful, and encouraging all at once. And how about these gems?
“Adventure is worthwhile in itself.” ~ Amelia Earhart
or “You’ve got to take the initiative and play your game . . . confidence makes the difference.” ~ Chris Evert
and “When one door of happiness closes, another opens; but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one which has been opened for us. ~ Helen Keller
and, again: “The distance is nothing: it’s only the first step that is difficult.” ~ Mme. du Deffand
still others: “It’s better to be a lion for a day than a sheep all your life.” ~ Sister Elizabeth Kenny
“All adventures, especially into new territory, are scary.” ~ Eleanor Roosevelt
“Do not follow where the path may lead. Go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.” ~ Muriel Strode
I’m not sure what YOU needed today, but I needed all of these!