Last week I performed in my last fall play at the high school. The Man Who Came to Dinner was a comedic farce that revolved around an injured man whose eccentric friends wreak havoc upon a family during the holidays. I think I speak on behalf of all of the senior cast members when I say this show was more than any of us could have hoped for for our final performance in the Little Theater. We had as much fun with each other backstage as we did acting in front of the audience.
After every show we have a cast party where the production staff and the underclassmen watch the seniors give out paper plate awards. These awards have a lot of sentiment behind them. I’ve always loved this tradition because the underclassmen receive awards from their favorite seniors, and the upperclassmen get to show the younger actors their appreciation for all of their hard work. Some awards like the “Oh the Places You’ll Go” Award are given to underclassmen who show a lot of promise and other awards are more comical and based on the most popular inside joke during the show. Even though they’re made hastily between quick changes and blackouts, we still put a lot of love into those plates. It’s a lot of fun at the party to watch the seniors holler over each other, eager to share the next award.