Anyone who knows me for longer than a few minutes knows how much I hate bugs. ESPECIALLY hard-shelled ones. (shudder)
But, thankfully, this is not a post about that type of bug. Or the flu bug. (not a fan of that one either.)
This is the acting bug, my friends.
Ever since last summer when I played Mrs. Gloop in Willy Wonka, I have searched for opportunities to be on stage. It was such a great experience that I didn’t want it to end!
Unfortunately, this past fall brought too many scheduling conflicts to allow me to audition for any of the local plays/musicals. But, this winter I have auditioned three times now. And, no, I didn’t get a part in any of the plays, but what I realized is that I don’t care! I just enjoy auditioning.
It’s true! As I explained to Karen this morning, it’s like getting permission to play pretend. On a stage! And, then when you aren’t auditioning, you are getting to watch other people perform for free! How great is that?
Sure, I find myself critiquing the performances, (particularly those that are vying for the same part as I) but I also learn a lot. When I auditioned for a play last night, I watched these older women audition and I tried to pick out what exactly made them “older” aside from their silver hair. I found they seem to drag their words out a little longer than the younger actresses. Took their time, you might say. Interesting.
I also sit and try to determine who the director will choose. There was one audition, when I knew hands-down who was going to be cast in a role. She was amazing. She just simply “became” that person! I had the good fortune of reading with her, and it was so much fun!
And, for the record, when I go onstage to accept my Tony award someday, I am going to thank Sherry, my Willy Wonka director. As she said, “I will always feel responsible for creating the theater “monster” that you have become. Monster meaning most amazing, beautiful, and talented lady ever!”
I’ll let you know if I ever land a part. But, until then, I really, truly am enjoying the ride!