Well, seven months of casual preparing, followed by a month of pretty intense preparation all culminated in our opening night last night. I'm not sure of the number, but it looked like the house of 130 seats was about 3/4 full. Of course, the usual post-premiere audience-member thing to do is give accolades and props, whether deserved or not, but everyone seemed genuinely thrilled, excited and encouraging.
There were great big laughs where we thought there'd be big laughs, big laughs at moments that we hoped would get laughs, and only a few times when the laughter wasn't as big as we thought it'd be for certain lines/moments. I've been to shows, and in shows, where the auidience laughter is generated as polite encouragement. I shudder at that type of laughter. Fortunately, the laughter for our show was, generally, at such a height and pitch that it was obvious that it was real and honest. Only a couple of times did I think the audience was laughing to support the material, rather than laughing at it.
From the performance side, it was a really good show, especially for a first night. No major mistakes (I froze and then blanked at a moment near the end of the show. Dammit.), and only a few technical hiccups. A great job by everyone involved.
So, good on us.