This week marks the final week of Enchanted April at Meadow Brook Theatre. Everyone at the theatre has worked very hard (as they always do) to ensure the success of this show. From lights to sets to costumes, box office and beyond… our staff has truly transported us from solemn London in the 1920’s to sunny Italy with ease. If you haven’t seen the show yet, be sure to before April 11, 2010.
This beautiful romantic comedy has been a real treat for me to direct. When we selected it for the season last year there was talk about the feeling that this show has and what it would leave our audience with and one word kept leaping to the top of the pile… HOPE! I wanted to make sure that from the first moment of the show… HOPE was always present.
Though written as a novel in post World War I London, Enchanted April still speaks to us today. Yes, there are the formalities of the 1920’s, but a lot of what the characters go through is still relevant today. The loss of loved ones, the breakdown of communications in even the best marriage and the ever present feeling that something is missing and you don’t what to fill the void with are situations that we all deal with and in many ways the beautiful characters in Elizabeth von Arnim’s novel and Matthew Barber’s play can help us through these rough times and give us…. here’s the word again… HOPE! Sometimes all is not lost… it has simply gone dormant like a flower… waiting to bloom again next season and sometimes, when it comes right down to it, the things we need we already have at home… we just need to take a step back and look.
Working with these characters has truly been a joy and I hope that if you saw the show you connected with it in a way that has helped you through some difficult times. I know it has helped me blossom in many ways… but I have to thank not only the fabulous characters, crew and staff… but also this particular group of actors that were assembled to convey this story. Without each and every one of them I doubt that this show would have the same feeling and have been able to move so many. Every day of rehearsal was another day to look inside ourselves and find the HOPE that lives in all of us. We shared personal stories, laughed and at the end of the process came out… translated. So a GIANT thank you to the cast for being marvelous and teaching me to be a better person. It has truly been a blessing!
Enchanted April continues now through April 11, 2010. For tickets contact the box office at 248-377-3300 or visit our website at www.mbtheatre.com
~Travis W. Walter
Interim Artistic Director