Everything is the last

I’m getting to the point now where everything I do is “the last” one I will do in America. My last Super Bowl, my last spring, seeing my doctor and dentist for the last time. I’m probably down to my final three hair appointments before we leave. You might remember that my stylist was also the one who encouraged me to write before I started.

So far, I haven’t been feeling the pangs of sorrow for these “lasts” until this weekend. I’m in the last season of shows at the Walnut Street Theater in Philadelphia. It’s the oldest continuously operating theater in the entire country, founded in 1809. I’ve had season tickets for the past 15 years with two of my girlfriends. There are 2 more shows to go and that will be the last for me. They will find someone to take my place next year.

As I stood at the counter of the gift shop in the theater lobby on Sunday, buying myself a little something by which to remember the theater, I actually welled up with tears. I have loved this place, loved these shows, Broadway productions: the singing, the dancing and the serious plays. Andrew Lloyd Webber, Cole Porter, Noel Coward, Oscar Wild, Arthur Miller, Rogers and Hammerstein and Lin Manuel Miranda…

I hope I find a new theater in Galway. I’m sure I will. And I hope I get as attached as I am to the Walnut.

Photos courtesy Philadelphia NBC 10, Neals Paper, and The Delco Times.

38 thoughts on “Everything is the last

  1. That is one bad thing about leaving. All the things you’re familiar with, comfortable with, know. But, look at the bright side! New adventures, food, people, places. Like I tell the boys all the time: don’t be sad it’s over, be happy you got to do it. And here’s to the next chapter in your story! 😃🤙🏻

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    1. Right on! I’m excited and I haven’t really been thinking too sentimentally about things. Plus I have a feeling our new home in Ireland will end up being a guest house for friends to visit! 😜 This one just kinda hit me though…

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  2. I have been in Charlotte, NC since 2002. Most of the experiences in the theatre have been in Charlotte. Some of them have been outside of my hometown- in St. Louis and Greenville.

    Fox Theatre, Peace Center, Belk Theater, and Ovens Auditorium are the four theaters I have seen musical theatre shows in on tour. Belk is the main theatre I have seen shows in- after all it is Charlotte’s main theatre. Still, each theatre means something to me.

    I have been lucky to live in Charlotte- a major touring city. The tours have been my main access to musicals. In Charlotte, seen Rent, Lion King, Wicked, Newsies, Sound of Music, Pippin, Mamma Mia, A Christmas Story and Miss Saigon. In Greenville, I have seen Les Mis and Phantom of the Opera. In St. Louis, I have seen Annie and Fiddler on the Roof. Only have mentioned the shows I either liked or loved- the tours. Without the tours, being a musical theatre fanatic would have been harder.

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    1. That’s wonderful! We are so lucky to have access to such marvelous shows. Sounds like you’ve seen some excellent productions. Bravo! and your name is Meg, too! 😀

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    1. Thanks, Holly! This has been in the works for a little over a year, but nothing was finalized until August. I wrote a short post about it then but really haven’t been saying much since! Since my husband’s company sends him over several times year, (and I usually tag along)the last time we were there, the Irish side asked if he’d be willing to relocate. Of course we jumped at the chance! I’m excited and nervous. I’m a Welsh girl too so maybe I get to hop over and find my long lost cousins! 😃

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      1. i would be beside myself. lol! I so want to visit Wales, I lived in Germany for a couple of years and visited many countries but never went across the channel to GB or Ireland or Wales. I regret it, but someday. 🍀

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