I left the theater singing "Master of the House" and looking forward to both reading the book and watching the Hugh Jackman version. As I left, I also realized how much I missed theater.
But nothing beats performance night. That night when you can't yell "Cut!" in the middle of scene because it
Theater is magic and I miss being a magician's assistant.
When I watch a movie, I tend to watch it through a producer's lens. I examine the set decorations, the blocking, the editing, the soundtrack, the makeup and the costumes. Oh, how I love the costumes. If I couldn't be an actor in a movie I would love to be involved in costuming. I enjoy watching the "making of" extras on DVDs as much as I enjoy watching the movie.
It's the closest I can get to the magic without being on a stage myself.
So instead I live vicariously through others, whether I know them or not. I enjoy the time and effort and creativity that it took to bring their performance to either the movie stage or the theater stage. I keep up with behind the scenes happenings and updates of upcoming movies. I go to a play and dissect the props and choreography and lighting. And I thoroughly enjoy every minute of it.
I may never be on stage again but I will always love the theater.