The Let Down
Last night was the final show of the fall Physical Performance show: The Laramie Project. After closing a show there is a major let down, a release of the pent up anxiety and energy. We have spend the last week and a half completely submerged in creating an immersive experience for the audience and now that is over. No reason to go into Bingham today. No more worries about setting costumes and folding programs. No more reminders to project and focus. Time to do my homework. (Contrary to popular belief, teachers don’t just give homework; we have it too.)
As a former performer, I remember the pre-stage jitters. The feeling in the pit of your stomach. Hearing the hum of the audience from backstage. Wanting to look and see how many people are out there. Not wanting to look and seeing how many people are out there. Finding ways to peek and see how many people are out there. The pre-show jitters take on a new dimension as a director. When you are going on stage, you worry about what you have to do. Don’t forget your lines. That chair goes there. What do I do if someone else messes up, if I mess up? As a director, you worry about everything. But mostly you worry for your actors. You hope that everything goes right. That they don’t mess up and when they do they help each other to cover. But once the audience walks through the door. There is nothing I can do anymore. I trust my actors. But I still want to protect them and make sure they do well.
The sixteen actors and the tech crew put on an amazing show. They remembered everything they needed to, but they also breathed life into the show. They (thankfully) aren’t a bunch of automatons. Characters emerged and the small world of the stage was transported somewhere else, bringing the whole audience on a journey with the actors.
I can’t say enough how proud of my actors I am. They worked really hard, and they performed something that was a joy for the audience to watch. They cared for each other on stage and worked as a unit to make things happen. After every show people come up to me and congratulate me on the show. But really the actors are the ones they should be congratulating. They were the ones up on stage, finding these characters, and opening up to the risk of theatre. CONGRATS CAST! You ALL rock!
Last week, I introduced you to some of the characters in the show. This week, I’ll introduce you to a few of the actors behind the characters.
This is Edison. Edison is from Shanghai, China. This is Edison’s first time acting and he did a great job in the play. He is a senior and kicks butt in class. Edison like to debate everything. Argue, Edison, argue.
This is Tarin. She is from Bethel. Last fall, Tarin did tech and didn’t want to walk across the stage. Now Tarin is enjoying being on stage. She is also a very good singer. Perform, Tarin, perform.
This is Nick. Nick is a new sophomore this year. Nick has acted before and did a great job with four major characters in the play. Nick is also a lacrosse goalie. Save the shot, Nick, save that shot.
Photos taken by Thomas Bulzacchelli.
Now that the play is over, next week I’ll be able to think about something other than the play. Which means the glog will be about something other than the play. It will probably go back to having a lot of parenthetical remarks and tangents. I had a one track mind for the past week and it shows in my glogging.
Until next week.