Sort of like having to go back to work to get a vacation…

People often comment to me about how great it must be working in a performing arts theater because I get to see so many shows. Unfortunately, although it is a great place to work, I rarely get to see an entire concert of performance. What with reconciling seating disputes, radio-ing for more paper towels in the restroom and doing the financial settlements with promoters, I have few opportunities to sit and watch…..or stand and do the “rock on!” hand signals. Sometimes I’ll hear bits of audio coming through the house sound system or see the patrons coming out smiling and talking and say to myself “that must’ve been a great show.” Several years ago I drove over to Pensacola to see Ron White perform at the Sanger Theater. I had a great time and part of that was just sitting there thinking “if something needs doing – it’s not my building!” I was able to put my full weight down and laugh without listing for the radio. Friends ask why I would buy tickets and drive one hundred miles to see a comedian that has performed in our venue three times. My answer is: I have to leave the theater to see a show.