I was performing in a play, a total passion project, and in the audience that night was one of my acting heroes. As a matter of fact, he’d originated the role I was playing. (No pressure, right?)
What I’ll never forget is that the entire time, he sat on the edge of his seat, totally absorbed and invested in the show. I could feel him rooting all of us on. He had a big smile on his face, his eyes were wide open as they ping-ponged back and forth on the action. It was almost child-like. He was all in.
Let me tell you, that energy and presence made such a difference to us on stage. Afterwards, he stuck around for hours talking to the cast, asking questions, taking a genuine interest in every aspect of the production. It made for a great, great night.
When we’re all back in the theatre again, and we will be soon, let us all be that awesome audience member. Let us love and be grateful just to be there. Witnessing the miracle of live theatre. Let us embody and have that rooting spirit in our hearts. Trust me, it will make all the difference to those actors on stage who are baring their soul. Which will then translate to everyone having a greater experience of the show that night.