American Players Theatre
5950 Golf Course Road
P.O. Box 819
Spring Green, WI 53588
Box Office: 608-588-2361
American Players Theatre, oh how I have missed thee. Apparently, I am not alone in this sentiment. The area was alive with joyous laughter, people picnicking, grilling, just enjoying each other's company. The excitement and joy of this day was palpable.
My partner and I were caught up in the excitement of this small crowd. Small due to Covid, but a crowd non-the-less. We social distanced yes, but we all social distanced together. It feels as if there's a freedom in this shared experience, as if we had all just come through some sort of trauma together. And well that we had, a band of brothers, sisters and non-binary siblings coming home from the war with this virus. A war fought mostly in isolation, and now that isolation is coming to an end, at least for me, here at APT.
Dinner eaten, wine drank, and our site cleaned up it was time to make our way up the Hill. American Players Theatre has two theater spaces. The Touchstone, an intimate indoor venue with nary a bad seat in the house, and The Hill. The Hill is a grand outdoor arena in which many a person has enjoyed their foray into both the classics, and modern works. The Hill is the main theater, and where we would be enjoying ourselves tonight.
So up the Hill we went. I admittedly have a love/hate relationship with the hill. I love the spectacle of this theater, the diversity, the talent, the sense of community. I hate the climb. Don't get me wrong, it's not an arduous trek up the side of a mountain, but to this overweight 58-year-old ex-smoker (I quit some 10 years ago) it might as well be. Of course, there is a shuttle, which my partner will not let me take, I keep getting told that "you'll be fine" and of course I am. I make the climb as often as I can over the course of the season and have for years. Tonight however, filled with excitement and the vigor of a much younger 56-year-old man, I barely stop on my way up to the theater.