HOW IT ENDS (Title taken from song in “Big Fish”)

Many, many years ago, while working for an environmental consulting firm, I met a new hire named Gary at a company volleyball game on the beach in LA. I found out that he was from CT, and I told him that one thing I wanted to do was to start a dinner theater in the New England area, a place that at the time I had never even visited. Little did I know that many years, many moves, 2 kids, 5 dogs, 4 birds, and one bunny later, we would actually be part founders of a theater company in New England.

StageCoach Productions has now come to a crossroads. We’ve been sitting at this crossroads for quite a while, and we have decided to finally take one of these paths. It’s not necessarily the road that’s less traveled, because it has seen MADCo, New Thalien Players, Pirate Stage, Misfit Toys Players, and Yellow Taxi go down that road, along with many others, unfortunately. It would be easy to say that we are taking this path because of financial issues, but that is not the case at all, which makes it an even harder decision. But it’s now time for StageCoach Productions to take that path.

Little did we know when starting StageCoach Productions what an undertaking it would be. Even though I have a master’s degree in Arts Administration and have been involved in productions basically since I could walk, I had no idea of the time commitment, the day-to-day challenges, and the emotional toll of running a succesful theater company and what that would entail. As a music director, all I usually do is the music end of a production. As one of the founders of a theater group and a desire for said theater group to do well, it is a lot more involved. Don’t get me wrong – even when I’ve grumbled about things, I still really have enjoyed every single minute of having this successful theater organization known as StageCoach Productions and am so unbelievably proud of what we have accomplished.

I cannot begin to say thank you to everyone involved in our productions, and I won’t name people individually, because I will be sure to miss someone, and I don’t want to do that. This long list of names would include the board of directors, Peacock Players, Actorsingers, all of our directors, stage managers, lights and sound operators, props personnel, costumers, set designers and builders and painters, anyone that helped with concessions and ticket sales, house managers and ushers, those who played in the pit, those who helped with publicity, programs, and photography, and every single actor that has been in one of our shows. You have all made this a wonderful ride. And special thanks to Michele Henderson, Tim L’Ecuyer, Bill Carey, Matthew Demeusy, and Gary who sat around our table that first meeting, shared in the dream from the beginning, and got StageCoach off the ground.

I have always said that one big reason I love doing shows is to make memories for others, and I hope that by your involvement in a StageCoach show, whether as a participant or as an audience member, you have been provided with memories that will last for a long time.

“It ends with you, it ends with me,
It ends the way a story’s ending is supposed to be–
A bit insane, a touch of pain,
Adeptly told, yet uncontrolled.
It ends with faith, it ends with love…..
This much I know.” (–-Edward Bloom in “Big Fish”)

“And like a big fish, you swim away……”

–Judy Hayward