I mentioned yesterday that All Mixed Up had had three "the show must go on" moments when actors suddenly departed, in separate incidents, from our cast. What I didn't mention was that the last departure, that of our "Beth", occurred just 11 days before our scheduled opening.
We had thoughts of canceling, or starting a week later, and so on, but we found 2 actresses willing to take up the challenge of trying to memorize Beth's lines in about a week. That's how we ended up with two Beths, taking turns. It's not an understudy situation. It's a situation of "we promise you can have at least half the performances if you can get off book!"
Anyway, my hat is off to both actresses playing Beth.
Together they saved this production from premature death.