Most know me as a novelist, but I also work part-time as a director at a local Christian theater. In that place, new worlds come alive to me. I get to see characters come to life before my life. And trust me, for the real theater buff, there’s nothing more exhilarating than putting on a great production. . .except, of course, putting on a great wedding.
In many ways, weddings and productions are alike. They’re both filled with characters. Both have lots of drama, too, though (frankly) the onstage kind is easier to take. Both require rehearsal, both involve memorizing lines (if you’re speaking your vows unprompted) and both place the key players on a “stage” in front of an audience.
If you’ve read my latest novel, WEDDING BELLES, you know that not everyone is comfortable in a “production” environment. Lottie Sanders, the heroine in my story, would rather do just about anything else than take to the stage, even though doing so will cement her relationship with Gilbert Parker, her love interest!
Still, the show must go on. Lottie manages to pull off a great production in WEDDING BELLES and most (emphasis on “most”) of the weddings I’ve attended have turned out pretty well, too! No matter how uncomfortable the bride and groom are, standing before the crowd, the show (er, wedding) must go on!