Five Reasons Why I Love Theatre + ANNOUNCEMENT



THEATRE ROCKS MY WORLD. The moment I stepped into my first middle school production comprising of short snippets from Shakespeare’s various works, I knew I was in for something amazing and not just because we received the big fruit snack packets every single rehearsal for three weeks. Yes, we learned many things, such as the difference between yelling versus “proJECTing” down to what it means to be a team player. Even though I miss those tech week rehearsals fueled with sugar, adrenaline, and joy due to time restraints, I still cherish it. That’s why the Ella (who is probably one of the sweetest and most enthusiastic people ever) over at February Fairy and I have composed at list of five reasons each as to why we love the world of theatrical performance. Be sure to head over to her blog and see her five reasons!

The language people use to refer to certain things is mind-boggling and disjointing for newcomers because many things have certain connotations and definitions straying away from what others perceive its meaning to be initially. For example, costume hangers? More like the brand new Hunger Games backstage because one person decided to not label which hanger belongs to them, thus beginning a domino effect. Bobby pins? Oh, do you mean the numerous metal contraptions in your hair which will keep all strands together and which you’ll find in your hair weeks after the show closes? Yup. Stage directions are almost always the opposite of what one may think is, and almost every single excuse can be justified with, “I can’t, I have rehearsal.” It really doesn’t take that long to understand. Just be sure to follow along with everyone else and you should be all right— that also includes hiding behind the curtains so the audience can’t see you. If you spot them, they see you.


Like the language, there are certain habits and traditions one must uphold. The cycle and routine is almost always the same. The good part is these are much easier to remember than everything else! One of my favorite warm up exercises is “Potato,” which is basically an energy game where you get something and you crescendo and decrescendo down volume. Another one of my favorite games is “WAH!” It’s a fast paced energy game which can be surmised as Hot Potato while doing Charlie’s Angels poses in a manner of seconds. Some theatre games are hard to explain outside of the performing arts sphere. For example, I tried to explain “WAH!” to my summer boss with poorly drawn diagrams and a step-by-step process and he still didn’t get it. While we have many energy games, there are also concentration ones, such as “Honey, Do You Love Me,” whose goal is to try to not break character as others approach you and say the titular question in the most comedic way possible.


I’m always the first to lose since I laugh way too much.

Most of the aforementioned are warmups, but the more fortune giving routines don’t happen until the week before performances. As someone who has said the two-worded g and l word during her first performance, just don’t make the same mistake I did! Always, always, always say break a leg. Don’t speak after we perform the haka and under any circumstances, do NOT say the M-word (hint: it’s a play by Shakespeare). If one is going to spread that kind of maliciousness they need to leave, right now! Perhaps the paranoia does come from being somewhat superstitious, but no chances can be taken.


The stereotype many have about performers is that all are extroverts who thrive in the spotlight and love being up on stage without any pitfalls occurring whatsoever. For others who do not identify with being in the limelight, the entire situation seems a bit uncomfortable. If this is the first image which comes into one’s head when one thinks of theatre and those who inhabit the stage, you’re almost right— all except for one description.

Hello! I’m an introvert who so happens to be comfortable on stage! Most of the time.

I say most of the time because there are times when I get flustered from being recognized every so often. Many of the theatre friends do not even know how much of an introvert I am until they encounter how I am in school, which then they do a complete revolution around their heads, nest their hands into their hair, and scream, “WHAT?” It’s almost a shocker that I would come to learn how to perform on stage when the thought of having many people internally judging you as you move around the space is terrifying. Yet, there is a population of introverts who easily perform on stage, with charisma and calmness in such an environmental emotionally and socially-charging. They blend into the crowd of extroverts. They can perform, sing songs, and remain calm onstage because, ultimately, the characters they play help them relax onstage. I sometimes even feel that introvert actors can connect to the audiences a bit more in how to act because they can channel that inner emotion and understand the underlying world behind every character’s actions. It does get exhausting after a two-hour rehearsal, but the joy of performing and telling a story—it’s the best feeling yet.


Hang on, I thought we were talking about the good things in theatre? Rejection is the opposite of all things good and pure in this wonderful world of theatre? Yet, it’s something I can attest can and will happen, like all other forms of the performing arts. Art is subjective, and out of all disciplines, theatre is probably one of the most subjective things because a person could easily be rejected just by their height or the vocal range. Yes, hair can easily be dyed. Contact lenses exists. But there are some things which are merely out of our control.

One of the theatre directors who recently rejected me wrote this thing on her social media. Reading this, I felt took rejection with so calmer than I usually do when the decision arrived because she makes such a good point. I quoted what she said down below:
“There is only one thing that you can control at an audition. Answer one question: “Would being in this show make me happy?” If the answer is yes. Audition. Don’t talk yourself out of it. Don’t hide. Audition.

Make the director’s life hard. Give that director the opportunity to cast you. It’s okay to be disappointed if they don’t. Sometimes, it just comes down to height or age, which are outside of your control. But what is in your control? Showing up.

Learn from auditioning. Every audition makes us better for the next one. It’s an opportunity to grow and meet other artists who are interested in the same things you are. You will get something out of it. All you have to do is show up.”
One of the things I try to do with some of the directors who rejected me is contact them after the audition and see what I can do better to potentially get cast next time, and it helps. It works. For one, it helps know your weak points, but more importantly it helps directors show that you’re wanting to learn, and who knows? Maybe next time, you will get cast and the taste of that success will be glorious.

Do you know those moments when a person sings and suddenly, it’s a miraculous flash mob as your friends dance around and suddenly, a melody becomes a three to five part harmony? And it’s something you’ve never rehearsed or planned which makes the entire moment all the more special? Behold, a daily occurrence in the life of performers backstage! One of my fond memories is gathering by the piano during a cold winter night, when the snow pummeled the ground so hard to the point where synthetic lights just made everything so cozy and everyone sang, “I’m Yours” and “Just Give Me a Reason” in perfect unity... all while attacking one another with Nerf Swords, of course. (This was a show involving stage combat, so the latter of the description is of course, appropriate).


Are you a fan of theatre or a fellow performer? Can you relate to any of this? What are some other things would you like to learn about life behind-the-scenes, like what happens when you encounter national tour cast members backstage like The Addams Family and Mamma Mia?


I am teaming up with the lovely Keira at Close to Nothing for the #TheBetterHumanProject. Basically, write a word/phrase on a piece of paper, with the hashtag in small letters on the right, bottom corner. Make sure your word/phrase is large enough to read in a photo. Then, hold the paper over your face and take a photo with it. (we want it to have an anonymous effect because some of you might not feel comfortable with sharing your face online). Edit your photo in b/w and share it with either one of us via email or send us a link! We will end up featuring photos in a future post on Keira's blog. The tentative time the post will be published will be around March, and we'll be accepting rolling submissions until then!

22 comments:

  1. Eee, this post gave me all the warm fuzzies! I finished my last show in December and I've been in a slump ever since (auditioning for a new one in March, though!). I LOVE backstage flash mobs (the girls in my dressing room had a tradition during intermission where we would practice our harmonies by singing the Riverdale version of "Milkshake"). And, oh my gosh, the numerous warm-up games. Gotta love 'em. Isn't it strange how us introverts can feel the most comfortable onstage??? My parents were shocked.

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    1. I’m so glad, Kate!!! The warm fuzzies are always welcome. ^.^ What show are you auditioning for? Whatever it is, I hope you break a leg!

      BACKSTAGE FLASH MOBS ARE THE BEST. I think today’s the anniversary of one of my favorite shows closing. (Also, I need to watch Riverdale but I’m trying to get through Friends as fast as I can). If you’re looking for a theatre TV show, you’re in luck— NBC is releasing a show called “Rise” which revolves around high school theatre.

      My parents were honestly shocked, too. They were like, “Um, what happened to this child of ours who is very quiet and somewhat timid screaming and belting like what is this?!?!?” xDDD

      xoxo Abigail Lennah

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    2. "Peter Pan Jr.!" And, actually, the cast list came out last night and I got the role I was hoping for: Captain Hook!!! I didn't think I'd get it because of how many talented people auditioned, but somehow I was able to land it. I can't wait!

      OMG, yes, I'm so excited for "Rise!" It looks like "Glee," but better quality and for theatre nerds. xD

      LOLOL, that was basically my parents' reactions, too. xD

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    3. OH MY GOODNESS that's so exciting, Kate! You have to tell me how it goes!!! Also, YES RISE. They just released songs on Spotify and their rendition of "Just Breathe" is making me sob. :'(

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  2. I also LOVE performing; I have done since I was really small and I truly believe it has changed me as a person. Without being on stage and doing at least one performance a year, I would definitely not be as confident as I am today.

    I had to sing two songs in the last show I did, and this was hugely out of my comfort zone!! But I'm so glad I did it; I think escaping that bubble of comfort reminds us that actually, yes, we can do that thing. Cheesy but it's true! If you can stand up in front of hundreds of people and make yourself vulnerable, what can't you do?!

    Lauren | Sincerely, Lauren Emily

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    1. Theatre plays such a big role in helping to shape others, indeed. I love how it also gives us the opportunity of just exploring different ways to convey things and just expanding our artistic horizons, honestly.

      Ooh, what two songs did you sing, Lauren? That sounds amazing! And yes, indeed-- standing up in front of hundreds of people, but hey, there's not a whole lot more that's impossible. We can literally do anything!

      xoxo Abigail Lennah

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  3. Ahh, Abby! This was PERFECT! Haha, I've never played "potato", but it sounds like fun! Do you guys do sixteens in your group? I love that quote by your director. <3 Haha, the introvert flip. I love how you titled it XD A large portion of my theatre friends are introverts, so I have definitely witnessed that first hand. Thank you so much for collaborating with me, Abby! <3

    ~ Ella Marie

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    1. Ahh, Ella! I think we might have done "sixteens," but I may have only done that with my first production and not any of my others. And right??? Isn't her audition advice ah-mazing? And yes, I didn't know how else to title it. And of course, m'dear! I'd love to collaborate with you again in the future, if at all possible. xD

      xoxo Abigail Lennah

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  4. Ahhh I loved this! I love theatre but I'm terrible at it lol. :)

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    1. Hey!!! The more you keep at theatre, the better you'll become. Just don't hesitate to make bold, artistic choices. You got this. ^.^

      xoxo Abigail Lennah

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  5. Reading this made me so happy! I love that theatre is often a place for introverts to harness their skill and feel comfortable (me being one of those introverts). I love the feeling you get while singing a song with the whole ensemble and when everything sounds just right and you can hear all the different parts coming together and it moves something in your chest and brings you to tears. I'm so glad you wrote this.

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    1. I'm so glad, Oakstar! Honestly, theatre is such a safe haven. And yes, the feeling of singing with many other people-- it's a connection unlike no other and there's just no way to recreate that anywhere.

      xoxo Abigail Lennah

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    1. And a place you're going to be teaching and doing what you love. <3 <3 <3

      xoxo Abby

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  7. You do theatre? Well done, you must be a star! x Nice post

    ~Rukiya

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    1. Haha, I'm not really the star in theatre, but thank you so much for the compliment, Rukiya! It's nice to hear from you again. ^.^

      xoxo Abigail Lennah

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  8. I WISH I could preform! I love musicals and I adore theater stuff but I'm terrible awful at getting in front of people.
    So thumbs up to the post - because, I wish I had the guts. <3 <3 <3

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    1. Standing up in front of people in the audition room is probably one of the most daunting things in the theatre process. But, if you know some of the people in the room and chat with them beforehand, it just makes the process not as terrifying. I believe in you, Kara!!! <3 <3 <3

      xoxo Abigail Lennah

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  10. You are a star for getting on stage, I personally couldn't ever. I know people who also love it, so it is so very interesting to read about it from your perspective!
    Hannah x
    The Wish Collective

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  11. How awesome! I love watching plays! :D I don't think I could be in one though... you are so brave!

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