Anticipation cracks through the air like
the taut silence before fireworks --
broken by the hesitant song of the crickets,
the quiet murmuring of the crowd.
Our tense bodies with hearts drumming an uneven rhythm
and lungs pumping shallow breaths, are the fuses that
lie with unassuming stillness. We wait for a single match, the
opening note. It will quiet the droning bugs and still the waves
that softly lap against the dock, an audience
inevitably drawn towards the stage.
There is harmony to our anxiety and excitement --
we are scared by the falling ashes of the Roman
candles but allured by the flashing blinding colours that
will splash an awe-inspiring story against the black
canvas of heavy velvet curtains.
Then finally, the show is lit by a simple chord progression
and an arpeggio spills forth, filling the theatre with the quiet
pops of Bees soon amplified into roaring Lady Fingers with
7th chords and glorious crescendos as
we combust into choreography, graceful like the waves and
mighty like the M-80s and unpretentious and glorious and beautiful --
Emotions lap the edges of the stage, ebbing and
flowing and surging until the waves are a reflection of
the booming sky, and they flood the audience
with water and singe them with bright sparks of colour.
Dancing explosions draw a story
against the dark heavens, illuminated by the moon,
spotlights that trace the swirls of light.
We are all consumed by colours, the music;
lost in this deafening echo of life.
One last cherry bomb erupts, then the fireworks die,
the lights go down, the curtains fall -- our masks crumble
to our feet like confetti, and hidden by midnight curtains
from the crickets that have resumed their chirping,
we blaze into sparklers, our own private show;
fueled by flames of adrenaline and joy, clutching at limbs,
sending cheers into the empty night sky.
Colourful light cast by the fireworks that spun across the
stage, is just as illuminating as the stars in the sky, only
heightened by drama. Yet nothing is more palpable
than the lightning that flickers between castmates
when we know that the musical erupted with more than just
complementary colours, but every tone in the rainbow.