Why the second chapter of the book? Easy. The first chapter doesn’t really feature any of the main characters. The second one introduces us to the dynamic of the group.
Steve Potter sat in the chair of their modest kitchen. His wife is the English teacher at the local high school as well as the director of the school plays. He was an assistant manager at home repair store a few towns over from where they live. When the plays come around, he would be her assistant director as well as design the sets with the help of their friend Dustin.
He couldn’t help but smile after hearing the news of the town meeting. He loved helping with the plays, but it was starting to become an issue. He was almost fifty now. His once full head of hair was starting to recede a little. The space they used was the small gym in the back of the high school. Not only did they have to design sets, but Steve and Dustin had to build the stage first. And rigging the lights and the microphones. There was a time last year that Steve contemplating telling his wife that he just couldn’t do it anymore. But tonight’s announcement changes everything.
Steve now knew that he could continue to help out with the plays, at least until his younger daughter was out of high school. She definitely took after her mother with a passion for plays and for acting. Renee was an actress when he met her back in college. Desperate to impress her, he tried his hand at it and failed. But he learned to love the behind the scenes aspects of it.
Renee walked in from down the hallway with a smile on her face. She was in he late 40’s with black hair that she dyed a few times a year. She could easily pass for someone years younger than her. There were wrinkles on her face, mostly from teaching. She loved her students, each of them offering a different challenge. There were some she hoped she would never see again. But among her students, her favorite were the actors in the plays she directed. They had a special relationship. Normally she didn’t hear from students after they graduated from her class, but those that she directed she considered her children. Of course there were ones she liked better than others, but she would never tell them that. The news of tonight definitely raised her spirits. She thought that the motion would be denied and that the arts department would get another blow. She sat down next to Steve and leaned over and gave him a kiss on the cheek. She reached for a piece of paper that was on the table.
“What are you doing?”, Steve asked his wife.
“I am writing Mayor North a thank you note on behalf of the theater department. I know that she didn’t do it for us solely, but I think that if anyone is going to benefit from it the most it’s going to be us. Don’t you agree?”, she responded without looking up from her task at hand.
“No, I completely agree. I know my back will definitely love the idea of not having to build the stage first. Plus just imagine how many more people will get to see the shows. We could barely fit 100 people in the small gym. She didn’t say how many seats would be in this auditorium, but I can guarantee you that it will be more than that”, Steve replied. Renee looked up at him with a smile on her face. “Have you thought about what we should do for our first show in the new auditorium?’
“We just found out like an hour ago? When did you think I had time to make such a decision?,” Renee teased with a poke to his right shoulder.
“But I also know you. I know how your brain works. You start thinking about the next play the second the lead finishes his or her bow on the final performance on the final night. Am I right?”, Steve responded. He had to stop himself from snickering at his unintentional rhyme.
“Normally you would be right. Had I been thinking about next spring’s show? Of course I have. But this changes everything. I know that to open the auditorium now we have to do something big. Something bigger than big. I just don’t know what yet,” she said.
“Together, we will figure it out. We have plenty of time,” Steve replied. Renee nodded her head in agreement. “If you want we can get together with Dustin tomorrow and see if he has any bright ideas. I think between the three of us we can come up with an idea that will blow the roof off of the new auditorium,” he replied with a grin on his face.
“I know that we can. I will talk to him tomorrow and see when he is free”, she said. Renee began writing again in the thank you note. She felt a tear well up in her eye. Steve looked over and saw it. He stood from his chair and wrapped an arm around her shoulder and kissed her cheek. “I can’t believe we are finally getting an auditorium. After all the struggles we had over the years, it’s finally happening.”
“I know. I am so happy for you that it got approved finally.“
I hope that you enjoyed the first chapter and it makes you want to read more!