Right now I just got back from work at the yearbook and our monthly “press night” — which is when the whole publication gets together to present the stories we’ve been working on this month. Our editor will then go through each and every one of our spreads to see what we have to fix or improve for next week. It’s a lot harder than it sounds, and I’ve stopped counting the hours I spend on each spread… it’s a lot. But once I get the hang of designing page layouts, I believe it’ll get less stressful. It is, after all, a lot of fun! Even though our meetings are held on Monday nights (when Netflix sounds more tempting than ever) we always manage to have a good time, and today was no exception. We’re a pretty amazing crew.
I started the day with a morning run out in the crisp autumn air. Then I had a nice pancake breakfast, went to class, had a meeting with the athletic department about an upcoming video project, before I ran over to the theatre for my first audition ever.
Yes, a-u-d-i-t-i-o-n ! Honestly, I never thought I’d ever step onto a stage in front of a full class of other actors, ten directors and two professors to perform a monologue where I have to scream and shout (so loudly I had to rehearse it my car while driving not to scare the crap out of my floormates in the dorms.) But as I’ve mentioned before, I want to be a movie director, and I firmly believe that good directors should be able to see things from an actor’s perspective… sooo, that’s why I made the decision to expand my comfort zone and “thrust myself” into the world of theatre.
Prior to this, the closest I’ve been to a stage is the weightlifting platform. Well, if we exclude the singing competitions I participated in as a kid… It was so terrible I didn’t need anyone to tell me how bad it was… I heard it.
When I first joined the theatre here at Augie, I thought I’d just have to go to lectures, listen to a professor, take notes and pass a written exam. I was also pretty determined that I’d never actually set foot on a stage, because I used to think that theatre was a little.. hmm, weird… for me. I’ve acted for several short films in the past, but that’s different.
However, when I realized that in order to pass the acting class, I’d HAVE TO perform, and no matter how poorly I did, I would still have to play a part in the final show. So I decided to leave all my theatre-prejudice at home and just go for it. Acting is acting, whether it’s on stage or in front of a camera, right?
Now, after several monologues and in-class performances, I’ve realized that I absolutely LOVE it! Gosh, it’s fun.
Somehow, it makes me feel… free. It’s almost the same kind of freedom I experienced as a track athlete. I can’t actually explain it, but I just love the intensity and pressure of it. The whole process of preparing, warming up, and executing… it’s very similar to track — minus the stress fractures and tendonitis.
After the monologues we did several “cold readings,” and for those of you who are not familiar with such “theatrical” terms I’ll try to give a brief explanation. The directors give you a script and you just have to jump straight into the action and perform the scene to the best of your abilities. You get no time to rehearse beforehand, so this is a slightly more uncomfortable than performing a monologue you’ve had a week to prepare for. But it went great, and it was a fun, new experience.
The show we auditioned for is called “Rabbit Hole” — a play that was adapted into a movie back in 2010 with Nicole Kidman and Aaron Eckhart in the leading roles. I just got to know that I’ll be playing Mrs. Kidman’s part (which is the part I was hoping to get). I guess my colorless middle-aged-lady-like clothing style did the trick, haha! The actual “show” is in December and is a requirement for my acting class, so it’s not exactly a huge production. But I’m excited.