After a busy morning, we broke away from the Richmond Diocese group to check up on the theatre venue in which we're performing The Jeweler's Shop, written by JPII. The theatre is a bit farther away from the center of the WYD experience than we expected, but it's totally worth it at 750 seat capacity. Imagine it: a full size stage with curtains, lighting and the chance to introduce pilgrims to Catholic art. The stage manager even drove out to meet with us and offered to hand make a few of our basic props we would need by Thursday -- humbling, as he doesn't owe us anything nor does he need to accommodate us. The pilgrim spirit is ballooning!
Feeling the need to be grateful, I turned to the stage manager with confidence and said, "Thank you," in Polish, with a sincere smile. And he, along with the present volunteers at the theatre, spat out a few chuckles. It was 3:00 pm and, I later learned, my "Thank you" came out as "Good Morning." I turned a bit red there, but no biggie :-)
Our Man-on-the-Ground-Marcin kicked some butt today. He helped us hook up our actors and video crew with remaining 'artist' passes needed to get us special access for the performance and led us in the quickest routes, guiding us from tram to tram in the city. We are very glad to have him around. Thanks for the recommendation, Hanna!