Ice Storm! Even on a week when you have nothing planned, it is a scary phrase.
Have tech week planned and those are words that can cause doubt amongst the strongest CYT believers. How do you get it all done when the Ice Storm of the Century is bearing down upon you? Well, that was the week leading up to CYT Indy’s Tom Sawyer Production. As the first Dress Rehearsal was in full swing on Monday, we could hear ice pelting the stage door. Time to let everyone go home early- safety first! The ice continued on Monday night and on Tuesday, everything was shut down – businesses, roads, and most importantly – schools! 1/2″ of ice equals no rehearsal! Wednesday came and most of the city remained shut down, including schools, but by Wednesday afternoon, the roads were passable and the CYT Indy Staff found an alternative rehearsal spot.
All 100 kids, cast and crew, came together and put their collective hearts into fine tuning the show! Thursday was lurking and so were our planned school day performances. If school was cancelled again, what would we do about those performances? Could they be rescheduled for Friday?
And so it was that school was cancelled on Thursday and the angst over whether we would have school day performances on Friday was still there, but at least we could have a real final dress rehearsal into our venue. As it were, Friday came and there was a two hour school delay, but WE WOULD PERFORM. Schools that had planned to travel for our performance rescheduled and at 11am on February 4th, the show went on! That morning, 413 students saw the production.
Over the course of the weekend, it snowed some more, but we never had to cancel any shows and we played to record attendance. It was truly a week of doing what we could do and letting God handle the rest! Faith played out in real time in real ways!
Hats off to the Cast, Crew, and Parents of CYT Indy’s Tom Sawyer for their flexibility and perseverance! The CAN DO attitude is reaching more and more people each time, not matter what Mother Nature throws at you!
Contributed by Trish Hunter