by Jennifer Paine, Hideout House Manager
I took my time walking downtown last week as I made my way to the Hideout. I love the idea of being in a downtown, a little town compressed into a walkable area. I watched the people, heard the music, was encompassed by trees, and felt the energy. It’s exciting to me to see the street musicians (the bucket beaters are my favorite), the food trucks, and the construction. I love all the lights, the horses clip clops, and the pedicabs. I had plenty of time and got to really look at what I was seeing. I got to feel my feelings. I had such a wave of love for Austin and felt so honored to be a part of downtown.
I get to work at an amazing theater, located in a downtown, and be a part of something special. That’s what I’ve always wanted, to be a part of something. I’m part of a team. I get to help prepare the Hideout for a night, just for you. I know lots of tricks. I know that typing and hanging up a sign to tell you about our shows might help you decide to visit us. I know that learning and remembering your name makes you feel welcome and start to fall in love with us. I know that if I put a trash can in front of you, you are more likely to use it. I know that pushing in all of the seats makes it easier for you to go to the end of the row.
Almost everyone I know, I met at the Hideout. I feel so comfortable being here and love that I know and recognize so many of the students and performers. I once met a boyfriend here. I’ve had crushes here. I get hugged here. I goof around with the baristas. I clean up, oh boy, do I clean up. Even knowing that it will need to be cleaned up again tomorrow, I clean up. I’m happy to unlock the door, straighten the green room, and (try) to get the shows started on time. I’m happy to do it again next week, and the next, and the next. That’s what I do. So come on down, I’m getting everything ready for you.