"This isn't a good show for Christmas! It'll make everyone sad! It made me cry!" is what I told Brian Wagner when I first read the script. However, I'm proud to say that I was wrong. This show is an absolutely beautiful story about moving on and living life to the fullest. But don't let that fool you. It is a show that goes through all of the emotions with laughter, anger and a few tears. It's always difficult to lose a loved one, but they are always with us and want us to move on with our lives.
I love this quote from Auntie Mame, "Life's a banquet and most poor sons of bitches are starving to death. Live!" I love this quote, because it says that we can't let ourselves crumble with remorse.
We can't shy away from living, because we are guilty about enjoying life. Friendships can help us get through the pain and the feeling of emptiness. They can remind you of the joys in life. Sometimes in friendships, we can get upset with one another, but moments later you are laughing so hard that you can't catch your breath.
This show is about how good friends can get through anything together. The characters watch out for one another (sometimes a little too much), but they do it with the best interests in mind.
As the song says, "We all need somebody to lean on." Lean on your friends to get through the rough times, but don't linger in sorrow. Life is too short to not enjoy yourself.
I think this show really proves that the power of friendship is something truly special. I hope you enjoy The Cemetery Club as much as we have enjoyed preparing this production for you.
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