Rehearsal sufficiently interrupted, I hugged a few people and then settled down to watch them run the rest of the dance rehearsal. I don't actually know 'As You Like It' well enough to pass judgement on anything yet, even casting (except for Erica as Rosalind, because yes). Khris ecstatically told me "I'm NOT the fool this year!!" and I had a moment to consider just how much he'd grown up, that he was telling me how much more of his involvement this year was mentoring the young 'uns than simply acting (as the Senior Actress, you'd best believe I saw a lot of that), and I was introduced to the group. Since there were newbies there who had no idea why their rehearsal had been interrupted by Robin's screaming, I was introduced as "a true lover of Shakespeare, and I hope all of you are coming to love and live his work as she and I do," which is one of the most wonderful ways I've ever been introduced.
I then went off to play 'Things in a Box' in Rat's mother's restaurant with my friends, and was reminded how different they are from the people I'm with now but how much I still love them. I'm going to try very hard to come back and see this year's play to usher the new guard in. Cor, do I miss it.