The rest of Act II was a mix between laughter and trying to not cry, and as the lights switched back on at the end of the performance, and the roaring of hands clapping sounded through the theater for at least five minutes. I caught my breath and leaned back in awe as the theater buzzed around us. We stood up, and my parents and I tried to weave our way through the floods of people going up stairs and out the doors, to the backstage door- where some of the actors would be exiting for signing merchandise.
We were some of the first there, granting me a spot in the outside corner of the fence that kept the fans from the stage door and the actors. My mom stood across from me, my dad behind me. The program we had bought flipped to different pages as I waited excitedly, as more crowds flooded in. I met the actors for multiple different roles, including Eliza, King George III (my personal favorite), Hamilton, and Hercules Mulligan/James Madison. I was in a daze afterwards, with a program in my hands freshly displaying multiple signatures from some of the actors.
We got in the car, and talked a bit- or, my parents did, and I sat in stunned silence. I was still grinning as my mind continued to replay all that had happened that day. My dad put on the audiobook, and we listened to the notes on each song. We went to dinner and I finally began talking. “How was it, what was your favorite part?” I nearly forgot to eat.
And just a few minutes after dinner ended, I realized something- unlike what I had thought before, I wasn’t sad that Hamilton was over, and that I’d likely not see Hamilton again in the near future. While I was anticipating that feeling before the musical even began, I realized later that I was just happy that I had seen it- something I had wanted to do for nearly a year! The memories will stick with me for my life, and the experience is also something I will never forget.