Suspend Disbelief

May 21, 2011
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Opening night.
"30 to places" "thank you 30"
Butterflies, fluttering in my stomach
Last minute notes from the frenzied director.
Costume alterations, a lost button here and there.
Practicing lines, pacing.
"15 to places" "thank you 15"
The last costume zipped, buttoned, snapped.
Squeals and giggles fill the hallway.
"10 to places" "thank you 10"
The buzzing in the house swells larger,
As the clock ticks.
Proud families and friends finding their seats,
One lost shoe finally found in the closet. "5 to places" "thank you 5"
Last minute makeup check,
"Break a leg" hugs
"places!!" "thank you places"
Pacing backstage, urgent, excited whispers,
The house lights dim
The curtain rises
Let the magic begin

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