Tuesday, January 27, 2009

The Show Must Go On!

Christy White as a Messenger with Phil Perry as Hastings in Richard the Third

Well, all I can say I that Brenda Sparks (Queen Margaret) and Denice Hicks (Nashville Shakespeare Festival Artist Director and Director of Richard the Third) are two of the most amazing women I have ever met. I’m sure anyone who knows them will agree with me, but you will be even more amazed when you hear about last Sunday's show.
Saturday night Brenda was not feeling very well. She had a sore throat and was worried that she had strep throat. She went on with the show as usual that night and did a wonderful job.
The next day (Sunday) she went to the doctor and was diagnosed with Strep. She got two antibiotic shots and took the Magic Mouthwash, but was still feeling horrible when it came time to go on that afternoon. So, about half an hour before the show went up the decision was made that Denice would go on as Brenda’s voice! Denice sat at the side of the stage next to Tom McBride, our wonderful piano player, and said all of Brenda’s lines and sang all her songs! Denice did such a great job and even though Brenda couldn’t talk she went on and walked the part! I have never seen such an impressive performance in the theatre. Brenda gave that show everything she had. She went over the top physically and it worked so well! I just can’t express how blow away I was by their performance.
The audience was amazing too! They just went right along with us! It was so appreciated! This one of the big reasons I love the theater. Anything can happen!

(editor's note - Brenda was well enough to perform for 237 high school students on Tuesday morning. - all props have been disinfected and the actors and crew are washing their hands over and over again)

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