>Sunday’s matinee was the last performance of “Dearly Beloved” at Temple Civic Theatre. My role as “Dub” wasn’t my biggest role, but it was definitely the most fun one since I got the Howard role in “Moon Over Buffalo” in December 2007 at Vive Les Arts in Killeen.

Tim Campbell, the director, picked a superb cast. Most of the cast and crew had so much on their outside life plates that I didn’t get a chance to get to know any of them, except just a few.

I knew going in that this would be my last play for a very long time, but I didn’t realize how it would bum me out after the last line was delivered. I even got choked up near the end on Dub’s line “learning how to dance”… the rest of the monologue leaked out my throat.

Somehow these characters, this story, the whole picture got into my being more than I expected. I am not sure what it is I will miss the most… central Texas theatre or Fayro, Texas.

I thought the Friday night audience couldn’t be more responsive and energetic. Then Saturday night came.. even MORE enthusiastic! Wow… I don’t remember laughter and fun like that in a long time. I’m sure it was there in other shows I’ve had the honor to be featured in, but for some reason, I can’t recall it.

Yes, I will miss those sincere theatre goers that take the time and spend the money to share a night of live theatre with like believers. As a new dad of a beautiful boy, I have new, exciting responsibilities that require my attention and focus.

Eric, Tim, Mitch, Mike, Rafael, Dennis, Buzz, Steve, Jill, Jo, John, Una, Vicki, Ed, Barry, Pato, Denise, April, Maureen, Erin, Tiffany, Jon, Gary, Joe, Janice, Carol, Andi, Dave, Sara, Cynthia, Ross, Michael, Lori, Sharon, Mark, Loretta, Herb, Leon, Ben, Jimmie, John, Danny, Lee, Devin, … my mind and heart floods with so many talented people I got to work with, learn from, and put up with my amateur insecurities and unsacred humor.

It’s getting harder and harder to clean out the dressing room. I’m sad for so many who don’t or WON’T go to see the area’s plays. The hard work, fun, and energy is spent on so few. If only they knew what I knew.

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