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March 9, 2001 Taping of What About Joan

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WAKKING AROUND CHICAGO 8/10/2001
Contributed by Caraleigh H.
I Met Kyle Too!
Roundabout Theater Company's Production of PICNIC
December 8, 2000 Taping of What About Joan
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March 9, 2001 Taping of What About Joan

Well Girls (and Guys too of course),
Guess you could say that I am one lucky lady. I took the day off Friday so that my husband Bob and I could get to the show early. I had planned on camping out in the parking lot early enough to catch Kyle come into the building, but we got there about 3:30 pm. It 's just as well as they wouldn't let you into the parking lot until 4:30 pm. There was a special line for those of us that had VIP tickets and there was just one car in front of us. Christine, one of the audience coordinators came out to the line and checked us off the list and I had her sign her picture in the newspaper article I brought with. If only they could have seen in my trunk...I had 8 notebooks filled with Kyle pictures and collectibles. I didn't know at the time but one of very own Kyle fans was in the car in front of us.

I took a few pictures of the line of cars before they let us into the parking lot, and a few after we were in the parking lot. You aren't allowed to take cameras into the studio. Sob...Sob! No pictures of Kyle.

We got to go straight into the waiting area inside the studio this time, and they gave us free sandwiches and water then. They also had coffee and hot chocolate inside the waiting room. There were only a few chairs, so we sat on the dusty floor or stood until time to go into the main seating area. They had indoor Port-O-Potties. I got another of the audience coordinators autographs while we waited, but I still hadn't seen Nadine. (I had stopped and picked up roses for the cast on the way, and I had to carry them around for several hours.)

It was the same set up as before. Bob was still the warm-up comedian (He looked like he had a bad night before). My daughter Lori and her friend Tiff both danced for prizes. (a CD and a Hollywood Squares T-shirt) The same guy was on the set that Bob teased last time about his easy job...I talked to him and he says he does own a restaurant...(Vicky Jo and Geri will know what I mean) They introduced the cast and away we went.

The show itself was a little slow moving and they took several takes of each scene. It seemed like they were all tired, except Kyle, and he was sparkling.

The show was about the school cutting out special programs such as sports, speech, photography, and orchestra because of budget cuts, with only a little money to spare.

Each teacher gave the board a presentation of why they should keep their particular program, but Joan asked that they keep all the programs and they work together on keeping them all. The coach gave a spectacular show as a presentation...but the show ended in a surprise.

Near the end, Bob had noticed me carrying the (now wilted) roses around with me and asked me to present them as he called each actors name for the curtain call. Although a little embarrassed to do so, wilted roses and all, I did...and when I gave Kyle his, I blew a kiss over the roses. Kyle responded with a wink and a smile. (Hot Flash!!!!)

After the show, I hung around waiting to see if Kyle would show up again. In the meantime, I met Elizabeth Jones, one of our very own Kyle Chandler Fan Club Members. She was so cute and nice, and so were her friends. We waited for Kyle together and talked about the B-day paper and the Fan Club and KYLE of course.

It wasn't long before Kyle showed up. He looked right at me, and I asked, "Would you mind giving me your autograph?" and he said, "Could you wait for just a minute, I will be right back." At this point I figured that was the last I would see him, but I was wrong, he came back.

Elizabeth and I started telling him how much we all enjoy watching him, and told him how he has sooooo many fans that love him. Then, I said, "I know you probably don't remember, but I put a newspaper together with letters from your fans for your birthday." And he said, "You are the one who did that? Of course I remember, that was wonderful, thank you." I proceeded to hand him the poster size photo and and a pen.

The pen didn't work and I was fumbling with all the stuff I was carrying, looking for another pen and I said, "I'm so sorry, I am so nervous. I'm not usually like this", and I handed him another pen. While he was signing the photo he said, "Oh, don't worry about it...All the girls get like that when they are around me", and he looked up and winked at me with his devilish little smile. You know the one I mean. That was it. It was over. A perfect end to a perfect evening. My dream of meeting Kyle in person had come true, and I said to my husband, "What else is there to live for?" He laughed and was so happy for me. We went out for a bite to eat and went over every detail of the evening before we went home. I wish I hadn't been so nervous. I wish I had looked into his eyes more.

Pinch me...Did that really happen? Was it all a dream? As Elizabeth was my witness, it was true.

Signing Off Now,
Jayne