I have loved theater as far back as I can remember. My parent would watch old movie musicals on television – Oklahoma, South Pacific, Singing in the Rain. Then my brother got the bug. He is 8 years older than I am and started doing school theater in 9th grade. At the ripe old age of 6, I sat wide eyed staring at my brother doing a larger than life portrayal of Petruchio in the Taming of the Shrew. As my reading skills grew, I became my hero’s on book line coach reading each part for him with all the feeling I could muster. He was Mortimer Brewster in Arsenic and Old Lace, Curly in Oklahoma, and a guy named Mike Tallman in Wait Until Dark. How I wanted to be like him!
My personal experience with theater started back stage as stage hand and then assistant stage manager – I wanted to act like my brother but I was shy and dumpy and during high school it wasn’t to be.
When I went to college, I auditioned for the musical version of Some Like it Hot – I was cast as a tap dancing gangster named Dude. That was to be the extent of it until I finished my master’s degree and settled in a small town in my state. They had a small, tight, intense theater group and yet again I was hooked!
For 5 years I fed my addiction of stage lights and then I moved.
Last year, I got the courage to audition for Damn Yankees – what a rush – I sang on stage solo for the first time in my life – wow!!! I was cast as Meg and had an incredible blast.
Where is this going? Well, tonight is an audition for a play that I would LOVE to be in. I’m going to give it my best shot. I am nervous – no one likes rejection. But I will never know until I try.