How many of you are working crazy long hours to pull off a Good Friday or an Easter service or both? How is to going? Are you having the time of your life? Or are you frustrated?
I have a theory that holiday services are an exaggerated form of our weekly experience. The things that are good about our weekly process, play to our advantage when we are in the middle of rehearsals. And the things that we try to work around or gloss over in our day to day interactions bubble to the surface and can wreak havoc on everyone involved.
Having the good exaggerated is wonderful, however the exaggerated bad can usually take over.
Whether it is a relationship that you have needed to invest time in outside of pulling off services; or it is a broken process that you have figured out how to deal with each weekend; or having a plan just in your head and not on paper is catching up with you; what are you doing every week that is effecting your bigger productions?
In my opinion, the key to having a great Easter production experience is to start the day after Easter, and begin working on relationships and processes and plans for your week-in and week-out services.
Hoping that Easter will be better next time just because you want it to, seems pretty foolish.
You are probably saying “Thanks a lot for the advice, now that it is too late to make this Easter better.” However, after the services are done and the load out is complete, commit yourself to fixing the every day issues, and continue to build into the areas that are working great.
What can you work on to make the process better or that relationship stronger? Not just for the next big production, but for next weekend.
Making every day better is key to making your next Easter experience the best it can be.
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