Those of you who know me (or who just follow my activities online) know that I enjoy the occasional acting gig. Theater (theatre?) is a hobby of mine and although I can’t claim to be awesome at acting, I’ve had several opportunities come my way in the past few years especially.
This week, I just finished a 9-show run as “Lysander” and “Robin Starveling” in Midsummer Night’s Dream with the Greenville Shakespeare Company. In addition to acting, I wrote original music and designed the sound cues (see some samples below).
Whenever a show is over, when the last line has been said, and when the final curtain call has been taken, people always ask, “So, how does it feel?” I can always summarize my feelings in three simple statements…
1. I’m sad it’s over.
Granted, you would expect anyone to say that. I am legitimately sad that I will not be going back to the theater this weekend to do another couple shows. This play, in particular, has been the single most entertaining play I’ve been a part of. Period. Having said that…
2. I’m glad to get my life back.
Now my calendar is free. I do not have 3+ evening rehearsals a week. I do not have 3+ shows to do this weekend. I am gaining (easily) 10 hours of my week back now that it’s over. It’s time to go for a long jog, catch up on summer reading, or just tackle the sink full of dirty dishes.
3. I’m excited about the next show.
Fortunately for me, Midsummer isn’t quite done. After a month and a half break, we’re coming back for four more shows September 4-6. And after that, I’m very excited to reprise my other all-time favorite role as Freddie Filmore in a staged 1940s radio drama of “It’s a Wonderful Life.” And even if I don’t have another acting opportunity lined up, I still get excited at the future prospect of cracking open a new script, going to a first table reading, and jumping into another character in another world.
And I suspect all those who have ever tread the boards feel about the same way.
Check out some of the original music I wrote for this production (basically the end result of a week-long diet of nothing but Simon & Garfunkle). If you’re in the Greenville, SC area, do consider coming to one of our September performances. Tickets will be available soon via www.summershakespeare.org.