My dearest darlingest Judi: Haiyoh! No need to say anythinglaaah! Everyone knows we're madly in love. Just with other people. :P I love you so much!! Thank you for being here for me!
Cat: Darling, what can I say? Despite our occasional creative differences, you took hold of the reins and steered us to the grand finale. Thank you so much for sticking with me and for making FTL what it was...you are a great director and a wonderful friend and I am so blessed to know you. xoxoxx
Brian: Mate, if there's one person I can say with full confidence that I'm glad to have met and got to know so closely, it's you. "Dude, you rock!" Your dedication to the project has been inspiring, and you're such a talented, versatile performer. You'll go far dude, I know you will. I love you heaps. Not in a gay way.
Dave: Trooper Dave! Buddy, don't you know, you can only go far. You've certainly taught us what it means to be a team player, and you've always been faithful to FTL thru the good times and the bad. Your talent is amazing, and I'm so glad to have been able to allow you to show off in the way you did, hahaha! Everyone says "Gabe rocked!" Gabe rocked. And rocks. God bless you with all the good things you deserve.
Anne-Marie: Oh my God, such talent. Sweetheart, "you came as a big surprise! You've come and opened up our eyes!" The moment you sang, we knew you were the one. And you were the one. You've got such a charismatic stage presence, such a strong vocal ability, and such a beautiful, beautiful personality. Darling I love you, thank you for bringing such strength and passion to Mary - characteristics which could've come only from yourself. You'll go far!! xoxox
James: Babe, what can I say? Nothing - because I've said it all already. :)) You're such a fabulous person, a multitalented performer, and I am so lucky to have got to know you much more closely thru FTL. Here's to more great collaborations in the future! Love ya...in a gay way. hahahahahaha! Oh dear.
Janelle: My darling, thank you so much for being part of this. Doesn't it spin you out that over a year ago I mentioned FTL and suggested you be part of it?? Hahaha! Sweetheart you're beautiful and with such an amazing voice and talent. I'm so proud of you, and I deeply appreciate your support and encouragement. God bless you!! xoxox
Rachel: Crazy, beautiful Rachel! You've been so much fun to work with, and you've done such a marvellous job even though I know you don't think so! Thank you so much for being part of the show and for injecting such cynical humour into Narrator II, hahaha! Love you heaps, and am definitely looking forward to working with you again in the future!
Mel: Your endless optimism and energy has been a constant encouragement for me to keep going even when the going was rough to the point of exhaustion! Thank you so much for believing in me & the project, and for your invaluable help and contribution to the show. Thank you also for bringing Shepa such sharp, wicked life! I can't wait to start on the next adventure with you and the gang. Lots of love! xoxox
Cameron: Aw dude, the one fella I wish I'd been able to know better than where we are now, it's a shame we didn't have as much rehearsing time, comparitively. Mate, you're such an awesome performer, and you brought such a whingey (heh!), nervous edge to Bob that I can't imagine anyone else doing. You certainly are a star, mate, and I'm certainly proud and happy to have been able to work with you on this show. Here's to more in the future. Best wishes, buddy!
Donna: Darling, you're another beautiful person who I wish I could've worked with more closely than we actually did. Your constant enthusiasm and passion for the project was an inspiration to us all, and your support and help - even now, when the show's over - is always deeply appreciated. You've got an amazing voice and are a very talented performer, and I know you, too, will go far!! All my love and best wishes. xox
Danny: Mate! You're a crazy man, absolutely crazy, but oh so absolutely fun to hang out with, and with a great talent. Your FTL solo just keeps on goin'! I wish you all the best for the future mate, and thank you for being part of this absolutely crazy, crazy journey. God bless ya.
Luke: Luke! Luke! Luuuuke!! Buddy, you rock! With that wild hair and the beanie! haha! Dude, it has been a blast working with you. You're, like, this totally crazy dude who's so much fun to be with and who injected such whackiness into your character. I'll never forget "Peace!":P Mate, I hope to be able to work with you again. All the best to you and Shell, look after yourselves, and keep on smirking. xox
Trinh: Beautiful, multitalented Trinh....God has blessed me with your friendship, and I'm so thankful to Him for you to have been a part of this show. Thank you for your support, your graceful presence, and for all your help inside and outside of the production. I'll see you around, I'm sure! Love, Nick :)
Emily: You certainly are a character, Em! But you're a fabulous one, and such an amazing person with such a talent for performing. Thank you for being part of FTL, and especially for helping with the dancing. I wish you all the best for the future, and hope to see you around soon! xxox
Zoe: Sweetie, you're another amazing performer who brought such vibrance to the show just by being part of the team. Thank you for your support, encouragement and involvement, and I know you're destined for greater things! God bless you, and all the best! Much love!
Sarah: Another year, another show, hey, Sarah?? You've always been a terrific friend and you're so talented, what with your singing and acting and oooh look! Costume designing! :) You certainly are a lifesaver, Saz, and I'm so grateful for your involvement in this show. We'll work together again, I'm sure of it!! All the best! xoxox
Alex: Mate. You. Are. The. Best. End of sentence. I can't believe what a blast it has been working with you. You. Rock. Words. Fail. Me. And. Yet. I'm. Still. Going. Okay. I'll. Stop. You know how I feel about ya. ;) Not in a gay way. HAHAHAHAHA. Oh, it's still funny. Love you heaps, mate.
Jules: Jules! Jules! JULES! Aaah! Mate, three years, three shows, and it just keeps getting better! Thank you so much for everything - the support, the patience, the talent! Dude, your talent! You're amazing hey, on the drums and the guitar and just by being there with your suggestions and crazy chat! Let's never stop working together. Just bring on the booze and the bong!!
Andrew: Andrew, you rock. I'm so glad we've managed to work together again (after a momentary lapse in communication, hahaaha), and your contribution to this show has been absolutely invaluable. I know there'll be more to come. This is only the beginning, you crazy man you!! God bless ya mate.
Alisha: Oh, darling, what can I say?? Another crazy show, aye?! Thanks for always being there for me when I gotta bitch and whinge and gripe and groan and moan (especially the moaning. Good Lord, the moaning). Let's get majoarly drunk very soon again! Love you heaps! xox
Kiera: Thank you so much for being part of this, sweetie - it's been absolutely fabulous working with you again after, what, two and a half years?? Let's hope this is the start of more fantastic musical moments together! You're gorgeous!! xxxox
Ben: Ben, mate, what a trooper! thanks for your constant encouragement and advice, very much appreciated. I know you'll make it big, dude! Here's to more collaborations in the near future!! :)
Jasmine: J, thanks for everything! I know we haven't spent much time together, but you're such a talented musician and you've made my violin sound more melodic than it's been for a long, long time! Hahaha! Keep up the musicmaking because you're definitely fabulous at it!
Ingrid: Ingrid, what can I say? You walked in, smiled, and the room stood still. :)) You're such a talented musician; thank you for contributing so beautifully to the show! xoxox
Emma: Crazy Emma! You're a strange one, but honey, you rock! Thanks, too, for being part of the show, and I know we will definitely work again together in the future! God bless ya! xox
Tim: Aw, bro, I'm so sorry things didn't work out the way we'd hoped, but I'm so grateful for your help and support mate. You absolutely are a star. Thank you for being part of the show, and for helping us and constantly encouraging us and cheering us up with your jokes. You rock!
Carol: Haiyoh! Darlingah, without you all the tickets will be all messed-up loh! Haiyoh! :)) Thank you thank you thank you for everything you've done, for Fall the laughs and comedies and your friendship. Love you! Weh! xxox
And last but by no means least, a huge heartfelt THANK YOU to the following wonderful people, without whom this show could'nt have been accomplished. In no particular order: my heartfelt gratitude and deepest warmth and affection - Beattie, Justin, Jade, Chris, Phil, Geri, Seanne, Arnold, Geoff, Jenny L., Jenny deR, Paul, Mel M, Matt L, Clare, Anita, Jason & Joe. You guys are the bomb, and I am eternally indebted to you for your help, love and support. xxox
Thus officially concludes this blog's series on Follow the Light. Until next time, keep on smiling, take care, and God bless you all! Sincerely, Nick.