Tonight is the closing night of Wild Honey, and for the final years in the cast, it’s our last performance as part of the UBC Theatre season. That’s it – next season has been announced, but we will be there only as loving audience members. This is our last time to be on stage together as classmates. I’m not going to pretend I’m not emotional – I was welling up last night at curtain call thinking about tonight’s final performance. Wild Honey has been a truly wonderful time – we’ve had warm, receptive houses and a great time on and off stage as a company. We have a fantastic cast and a truly kickass crew, led by Brian Cochrane and stage manager Emily Griffiths who have kept things lighthearted and efficient. It’s a wonderful show to end our time at UBC with, and it’s with a heavy heart that I say goodbye to the sexy, wistful Wild Honey.
The Frederic Wood was the site of our callbacks for our admission into the acting program, our first studio show (The Dining Room), our first mainstage show, directed by Nicola Cavendish (The Laramie Project) and now our last mainstage performance. This venue holds a lot of memories for us, and for the decades of students who came before us, too. There’s a white wall on the stage left side that every graduate signs – it’s an amazing thing to see. Among the hundreds of signatures I recognize dozens of names, many of whom have gone on to be artists of national significance, and certainly names of people who have inspired me personally. Every night as I stand backstage awaiting my entrance, I take a look at that wall knowing I’ll be signing it in just two weeks. Tonight marks the end of our time on the Frederic Wood Stage, but with any luck, it’s only the beginning for us.