It might have escaped your notice that I was recently in a show! It was an amateur production; songs from the shows, sketches; that sort of thing.
I say it was amateur; only in that we did it for the love of it. However, the professionalism shown by everyone involved, in conjunction with the theatre where we put it on; made it a highly polished show.
It was the first time I had ever been involved in anything quite like it; being the shy, retiring, type that I am!!
So, I went to the first meeting; attended the auditions, and rehearsals. There was certainly some commitment needed, and towards the opening night, tiredness creeped in with the later nights. The people were wonderful; and I was accepted into the group straight away - I met some extraordinary people.
BUT - it was amazing. I had an fantastic time and learned a lot.
I learned that I can step up and do these things. It gave me a new level of confidence.
There was another reason for doing this; I wanted to show my children that it is possible to do it - with a little (alright, a lot) of effort, you can be part of something great. I wanted them to see that performing is nothing to be afraid of.
When the curtain opened, the butterflies were fluttering around; however, after the start, I just enjoyed myself. I hope that enjoyment came across. The audience seemed to soak up the acts; the solos, the big chorus numbers and the sketches.
The show ran for three nights; and it was a shame when it ended. However, the reviews and feedback were fantastic.
I'm looking forward to hearing about their next production; who knows, maybe I'll get involved in that too. Apparently I look quite good in eye-liner!!!
Co-incidentally, this week my son has been in his school play - I'm off to see it on Monday night. By all accounts, it's a great play, and all the children have worked very hard too. He has worked hard rehearsing his lines at home and I can't wait to see it. I know he'll make me proud.
Have you ever taken part in a show, large or small? What was your motivation for doing it? Would you do it again?