The concert went fantastic with only two minor technical glitches. The first time, the technician forgot to turn the sound on for the video that was being played. The second was a timing issue with the video dialogue and where it needed to be during the song's live performance. But that was it.
The rest of the concert was amazing. With over 400 people packing the Hochstein, you could feel the energy just permeating the air. The Rochettes (RGMC's dance troupe) started off the show right with "Supermodel" by Ru Paul followed by RGMC performing "Believe" by Cher. Then special guest star, Aggy Dune, continued with "I'm Alive" with her stunning impersonation of Celine Dion.
There were special presentations to Nick, RGMC's conductor who was retiring, and Lee, who is taking over in September. (I'm not going to go into detail about Nick "hiding the baton". Your imaginations will go to places that never actually happened.)
And everyone who had a solo kicked butt! We nailed every note and every word! Alan did "Miss Otis Regrets" by Better Midler, Scott did "Nine to Five" by Dolly Parton, The Cosmopolitans did "You've Got A Friend" by Carole King, and I finished the line-up with "Don't Rain On My Parade" by Barbara Streisand. Many people were impressed with my performance as that song has a very difficult rhythm, lots of words, and moves at a breakneck pace. (I don't know what my time was for the night of the concert, but I was clocked at just under 2 1/2 minutes about two weeks prior.) I just felt sorry for the Sign Language Interpreter who had to try and keep up with me!
Then just like Christmas, the whole thing was over in what seemed a heartbeat. Nick finished his last concert, our Thursday night rehearsals were over, and I wasn't going to see any of these guys for a whole summer. Sure, my summer is jam-packed with activities and I know I'll busy and entertained, but I still had that feeling of sadness when you depart from friends you know you won't see for a while.
Now if only I could forget the words to that damn song....