Block 504: October 30, 2014


It’s only 10am, and it’s already been a day!

Date: October 30, 2014

Crane: 504

Days Spent on Project: 619

Location: NW Portland, OR

Person I would have sent it to: Charlotte W.

Today, I think it’s appropriate that I dedicate this Crane to Charlotte. She wouldn’t remember me. I don’t even think she KNEW me during the Come Fly Away production period; if she did, it was almost certainly just as another name on another pay check that needed to be signed.

Anyway, Charlotte is the general manager of her own company that helps produce Broadway shows in New York. It’s a huge job, and she clearly has a passion and drive for it. She was also given a Tony Award this past year for Excellence in Theater.

Do you know why I’m dedicating this Crane to her? Because she obviously had a passion for the work, even though it’s extremely hard work and very challenging work and I assume it’s also more than a little frustrating work at times. (Okay, I know it’s frustrating at times.) But, you know what, even on Come Fly Away, she made things happen and she made it seem easy and straightforward.

Of course you need those dresses and outfits built. Of course it costs money. Of course we need duplicates of certain things. Of course clothes will wear out quickly if they’re being danced in for 2 hours at a time, 8 times a week.

This does not mean she was foolish with money. She was smart with money and held people accountable for it.

Money is always tight, whether you’re doing a show with a $100 budget or a budget of $1,000,000.

But I have to say I appreciate, now more than ever, the fact that she could make things happen. Sometimes things (shows) didn’t succeed, but she made them happen.

And that’s a talent. And it’s a sign of a person who’s good at what they do.

Music I listened to while sewing: I’ve got that ElectroPositivity playlist on this morning. I need the good thoughts!

Thoughts/Feelings behind the block: I just want to implore everyone to go out and see a play. Go to a theater. See a show. Support the arts.

Donate to a theater!

Don’t take it for granted!

And theater is more than a touring production of Cats or Les Mis or Chicago or Phantom or Jersey Boys.

Take a chance.


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