When I was doing the Fischer Troupe in Frankenmuth, Michigan, I was paired with Jeff Dove.
As I have blogged before, Jeff and I did not get along.
We were the comedians of the show – for the most part.
And for some reason, we had great onstage chemistry.
Jeff taught me a valuable lesson.
You don’t have to like someone to work well onstage together.
I am not good at envisioning what is happening when I’m on stage.
I rely on my director. I have to trust my director.
Our first year together, Jeff sang, Oh You Beautiful Doll to me and I followed up with Put Your Arms Around Me Honey.
We stopped the show.
We had sung the numbers, left the stage.
I was back in the dressing room getting ready to change into my next costume.
Jeff came running back saying we had to do an encore.
That’s when I realized that the audience were stamping their feet, clapping and calling for more.
They weren’t going to let the show go on without the encore.
I didn’t have a clue what to do.
So we went out and did the whole number again.
The next day, the director had us prepare an encore.
The only proviso was that I got to decide if it was necessary.
God only knows, Jeff would have been doing an encore every night with little or no provocation.
We did a lot of encores that summer – even with me making the decision.
And after that, whatever Jeff and my’s big number was, an encore was set up and it was often needed.
Jeff was a short kind of skanky guy with plenty of attitude and I was a big gal with big tits and plenty of attitude.
Jeff and I had plenty of other numbers separately, but put us together and somehow magic happened.
Wish I knew how or why.
To me that is the real mystery of the theater.