Theatre Is Life

As I write this it is Sunday night, and I am sitting in the dressing room at the Tidemark as we do our first run through on stage. I have no idea what I am going to write about. So hold on for a stream of consciousness. It will either be earth shattering or extremely dull. 🙂

laugh now cry laterI’m facing a full week ahead of me with no time off. Starting Tuesday, I will be in this building from 9 am to 9:30 or 10 pm, unless I leave to grab a quick dinner, because I work here. Selling tickets during the day, and on stage at night.

There is a part of my mind that dreads not leaving here. It’s any employee’s nightmare, right? To be stuck in your workplace and not able to leave.

And then there is the excited anticipation of being in front of an audience. For some of you, that may be your worst nightmare! I enjoy being up on stage, though. Public speaking doesn’t frighten me. I can’t wait to hear the laughter, the enjoyment of the audience.

For the last two and a half months, a dozen people have been working together to create something for the sole purpose of entertaining others – sharing a laugh. We have taken words on a page and given them life. Many of us hardly knew each other at the beginning of the process. In fact, at the audition, we were each others’ competition. And we have formed bonds and relationships that will (hopefully) read as genuine to the audience. Because they are. I care about what is going on in the lives of the people onstage and backstage.

In a couple of days, we will offer the gift of laughter to our community – an opportunity to step away from the challenges and doldrums of day to day life. It is an escape from reality, in a way that film and television can never reproduce. Good live theater draws you in. You are in the same room with real people as things are happening, and the only separation is the distance between you and the stage.

One of my favorite quotes is:

Theater is life. Film is art. Television is furniture.

Whether you are nearby and can make it to The Odd Couple this week, or if you are too far to come here, turn off your tv and take in a live theater performance this week, and experience life from a different perspective. Besides, who couldn’t use a good laugh?

Blessings,

Mary

Theatre Has Taken Over My Life (Again!)

Last summer I auditioned for a play with the local community theater – the female version of The Odd Couple. I have my degree in theater, but aside from a little backstage work, I haven’t been on stage since I graduated University.

I’m not sure why I auditioned, really, other than I thought it would be fun. Logically, my mind argued that I have more than enough commitments on my plate already, and what was I thinking adding one more? Especially one that would ultimately take over my life for at least a month, or more.

Odd Couple PosterThere was a small voice in my head that kept calling me to audition though. And sure enough, I was offered a part. Not one of the main characters (thank goodness, or I would surely be breaking down about now). I tell people I’m one of the “cronies”, one of the friends of Olive and Florence who comes over for the weekly game of Trivial Pursuit.

As exhausted as I am, I’ve really been enjoying the process. We’re working with a professional director, Ruth Nichol, and the other women who are in the show are fabulous. We’ve done a few things together for bonding, and I am really looking forward to continuing these relationships into the future.

If you don’t hear from me next week, it’s because we’re putting the last finishing touches on the show before we open. 🙂

If you happen to be on Vancouver Island, the show runs November 16th-20th at the Tidemark Theatre in Campbell River. I’d love to have you come see the show!

Blessings,

Mary

PS. I’d love to have you join me in Maui for The Peaceful Woman Passage in February. You have until the end of this month to start your registration and save an extra $400. Remember to enter code “MM” to receive your 10% discount.