This is always around the time in the process when I begin to ask myself, "Why am I doing this?" The hours are long, the pressure is fairly intense, and none of us is going to get rich or famous from this. I always come up with the same answer.
That is, I'm doing this (directing, acting, producing, whatever) because I HAVE to. I can't imagine not using the talents I've been given and the lessons I've learned. I believe we're given gifts so that we can share them, to touch the lives of others, to connect with other people, to make this big, crazy world a bit smaller and cozier. As Maria says in "The Sound of Music," the "love in your heart wasn't put there to stay/love isn't love 'til you give it away."
I think the thirty-three people you'll see onstage in "Miracle on 34th Street" are doing this play because they want to share with you their enthusiasm for and love of live theatre. They want to spend time doing something they enjoy and are good at, and want you to share in that enjoyment. They want to introduce you to, or reacquaint you with, a wonderful, moving, inspirational story with a holiday theme that transcends any particular religion or belief system. They're also having fun.
We have three different families appearing in this production together. We have two sets of BFFs. I can't think of a more powerful familial bond than being in a play together. Unless it's seeing a play together. Especially a play like this, with its themes of the importance of family, and choosing the people you love in the world and sharing your hopes and beliefs with them.
What's it all for? It's all for you, it's all for love, and it's all to make this theater, this community, this world a better place!
Come see the show!