"Well, sir, you should have been there. That's all I can say - you should have been there." -Grandpa
All I can hear is Martin Vanderhoff (Grandpa) saying, "How many of us would be willing to settle when we're young for what we eventually get? All those plans we make... what happens to them? It's only a handful of the lucky ones that can look back and say that they even came close."
And I just know he's talking to me, to all of the young and confused and scared theatre students out there. We wonder if we're crazy for even dreaming of becoming an actress, a costume designer, to be in the chorus of a Broadway musical, a director. And we make all these plans to move to New York, to move to LA, to meet people, to starve, to couch surf and do this crazy thing called theatre. He's saying to us, he's shouting and shaking us by the shoulders, that we could be the lucky ones! We could be a part of that miraculous handful... if we just don't give up. If we don't give ourselves a time limit. If we fight for it hard enough, we don't have to settle in the end.
If there's one thing I learned from this show is that I could be one of the lucky ones. I just want to come close.
Special Thanks: To the cast of You Can't Take It With You for being a part of this crazy family full heartedly, to Bob Donlan for going above and beyond designing one of the most beautiful shows I've been a part of, and my own family and friends for being my crazy inspiration for doing theatre.
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