In twenty-four hours, we will gather at the Crest Theatre, where we will get lost in the tech rehearsal, pace nervously as we wait for the show to begin and the night will fly by in the blink of an eye. I know this first hand.
And in the craziness, the last-minute makeup application and dressing and fussing, I worry that I won’t have a moment with each of you to tell you just how much you mean to me and why. So I’m doing that now, in the quiet moments on the eve of our show.
You are like the sunshine, my dear. You have a uncontainable light inside that casts a golden glow on everyone you come in contact with. I adore you for your optimism and your boundless love for your family. My life is better for having you in it. Thank you, Stephanie.
There are simply no words for how much I admire you. Inside you lies such a quiet strength that I see more with each passing day. Your ability to seek out and capture the beauty in others speaks volumes about your kind and generous soul. I am so grateful for our friendship.
You, my dear, surprise me more every day. Though your wit and charm are readily apparent and put everyone around you at immediate ease, your inner beauty is exemplified in all that you do for those around you. You are such a tremendous gift to all who are lucky enough to know you.
In those early minutes of your audition, I knew I would come to love you. You wear your sense of humor, kindness and generosity on the outside, my friend. What a joy it has been to get to know you over these past several months. Thank you for being a part of this cast.
Oh Jill, my sweet ray of sunshine. From the moment I met you, I knew that you would bring joy to my life. To say that I admire you doesn’t even begin to express what I feel. When I’m with you, I’m enveloped in love and a wonderful sense of calm. And for that, I am ever grateful.
My beautiful Tonya. How can I even convey how much I love you? You entered my life three years ago now and ever since, you have graced me with your joy, optimism, hope and tenacity. When I count my blessings, my friend, I count you. Thank you for speaking the words that I wish I could. Thank you for me and thank you for all of the other women who need to hear them. I positively adore you.
Sweet Bridgette. I am so incredibly proud of you for taking the leap of faith and putting your story into words. Watching you evolve and grow more confident over the past few months has been such a gift. Thank you for pushing yourself… for believing in all that you can accomplish. You’re an amazing woman, my friend and I am so very lucky to know you.
The more I learn about you, Kim, the more I realize I have yet to learn. Your generosity and kindness greeted me from our first meeting, but your strength and vulnerability in your audition left me speechless. Having you as a part of this cast… as a part of my life… brings me so much joy. My gratitude for you knows no bounds.
I can still remember how, when you came in for auditions and spoke the first words of your piece, I wanted to close my eyes and get swept away in your story. Your voice, your words, your kindness have truly touched my life. Thank you so very much for that.
From the first time I read your story, I was certain this show needed you. With wit and tenderness, you tell a story that speaks to a piece of my soul. Thank you for going on this LTYM journey with us.. thank you for believing in this project, Deirdre.
Oh, my feisty friend. What a joy it is to know you. Your energy and zest for life are infectious. Your smile, radiant. Thank you for sharing your story, a story that has wedged itself into my heart and changed how I see the world. You are a true delight, Tresa.
You, my dear, are grace personified. You glided into auditions and right into my heart. Thank you for trusting us with your story and for speaking the words that so many of us need to hear. My heart bursts with love and admiration for you, Penny.
Where do I begin to tell you how much I adore you? I can still remember hearing you read for the first time. You gave me goosebumps then and you give them to me now. Every time you read. For your story… for your words… for your friendship, I thank you.
There is no one I would have wanted to embark on this journey with more than you. Your laugh, silliness and fierce work ethic have carried me through some of the craziest times. Thank you for standing by me and making me laugh on the fun days and being my buoy on the tough ones. I can’t imagine a day of my life without you in it, my friend.