Did my first play with my local amateur group. It was a nightmare trying to get four males for the play I had to take on a role myself which I was not happy about. I know I can't direct and act at the same time! I found tough coming up against tempermental and egotestic personalities. One drunken actor at one rehearsel. The dress rehearsel was an embarrassment but yet the nights went well bar me when i exited pass the side curtain and hit on a step that had wheels and rolled then fell against the side of the stage!
The second night I went off stage and came back with my glasses on (because i was reading a script with another person) and skipped a line. One of my actors was a director and was suppossed to show me how to do things but apparently he was more worried about his other one act and acting in my play. It was great advise from another director who was directing this year but doing lights. At least I got advise off someone anyone get the 'rough edge' when directing for the first time ever?