I learned this lesson as a teenager in high school band. We marched in a lot of parades in my hometown of Binghamton, New York: Columbus Day, Halloween, Veteran’s Day. One year, we even marched in a Christmas parade. I learned how to play the snare drum wearing thick gloves because a lot of those parades were at night in cold weather.
One of my fondest holiday memories was from my college days. I was visiting a friend who lived outside New York City and he had gotten us New Year’s Day tickets to a Broadway revival of Gypsy, starring Angela Lansbury. I assumed we’d see an understudy, since it was a holiday. We did not. Angela performed her remarkable rendition of Mama Rose for that matinee. She was obviously in better shape than we were after a celebratory New Year’s Eve.
I’m also thinking right now about the cast members of Damn Yankees, coming to Popejoy Hall this February. They start rehearsals for the show on December 26. That means that if they celebrate Christmas, they won’t likely get to do that with their families this Sunday. They have to be in the studio at 10 o'clock Monday morning.
Here at Popejoy, we don’t have any shows running through the holidays. We've already had three shows for the season, including our annual Mariachi Christmas, pictured above. However, elsewhere in Albuquerque there are a lot of shows filling stages all over town. The performers in those shows are living up to the tradition of performing shows on the holidays.
I hope that, if you go to one of those shows, you extend a special thanks to those performing for you. They’re giving up time with their families and friends to entertain you. The same goes for the crew who work backstage, who work in the ticket office and who help you to your seat. I hope you appreciate all their efforts, and that you enjoy those performances thoroughly!
Terry S. Davis