By Sawyer Shafer
As our production of F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby comes to a close, I find myself in a very interesting state of mind. We took what many of us considered a huge risk this summer, and (*knocks on wood because we still have one more performance*) the feedback has been extremely positive. Which left me with one thought as we round out this incredible summer here at SCW: What comes next?
I firmly believe that we cannot repeat our actions of this summer. Don't get me wrong, this summer has been an excellent learning experience, and we are pleased that we were able to enrich the lives of so many wonderful people from the surrounding area, whether it be through our comedy in Spotlight! or our dramatic recounting of the spirit of the 20's through The Great Gatsby. However, in order to truly move forward in theatre innovation and creation, we cannot view this summer as our ultimate moment of success. Instead, this is the inception of what's to come. We must run faster and stretch out our arms farther, until one fine morning we find ourselves at our destination, having reached our ultimate goal. And then, after we catch our breath, we must start running once again, always forward, onto the next goal.
This is why I cannot say what comes next. Can people speculate? Absolutely. Can it be assumed that a newer, better version of Spotlight, Tonight! will take the stage in the Summer of 2017? Perhaps. But as we move forward, we must not stall. One must not allow themselves to be in awe of their accomplishments of their past, or they may end up never truly successfully completing their next goal. So we begin our next phase - the official launching of the Creative Works Department. A place where artists and innovators, writers and creators, anyone and everyone can come and create in a space that supports their art, their ideas, and their ultimate goals. All the while, we plan; we find what we, the troupe that takes the stage for you tonight, can hope to accomplish next, as we encourage others to explore their own mind for their sense of creative enlightenment.
And perhaps, some day, we may revisit the past. But for now, we beat on, boats taken by the current, carried forward into the future.
Thank you for reading.