Yesterday marked my last day on staff at Pacific Theatre for the foreseeable future. I have work lined up for the next 6 months as an actor, and much of this work will take me out of Vancouver. It just didn't make sense to try and keep my position going at PT, especially considering so much of my work there involves connecting with the audience in person.
I'm feeling a heightened mix of emotions around this transition. I felt waves of sadness to be saying goodbye to my little corner of the office, and all my dear friends that I work with. I will miss checking the ticket sales for the week, greeting audience members in the lobby and even doing the front of house speech. I love that place, I love my job there, I love the shows, the artists... the art that is created at 12th and Hemlock is so much a part of me.
Despite this big change, I also feel a strong sense of peace - I suppose that's due to the fact that I know this isn't really a lasting goodbye. I'm certain that I will be back doing work there at some point, and I know that PT will always be a part of my life as it has been for the past 27 years.
Now I get to spend the next 13 days focusing on the last few details I need to sort out before leaving for Barkerville. I'm helping out with a show this week, then I'm heading to Victoria to spend some quality time with my dear Gramma. I've got family dinners, and dates with friends - and I'm hoping to soak up a few quality moments with Mack as well.
I've got a lot of things to be excited about - a lot of new adventures in front of me - there isn't time to be sad about chapters ending, and for that I am very grateful.