Four years ago, I would never have defined myself as a performer – I hated being the centre of attention and standing on stage without burning red with embarrassment. Now is a completely different story.
This time last year I was working on both a show with my dance school and a school production of ‘West Side Story’. I love rehearsing, I love learning choreography and harmonies and blocking out scenes and the process of being in a show. I’ve never been cast in big parts but being on stage and knowing that 400 people could be looking straight at me makes me so happy.
I think I’ve mentioned it in other blog posts, but this year my school’s production is of Hairspray and I’m making a sort of ‘behind the scenes’ video of the rehearsal process. Whilst this will be really good experience for my journalism course at university (if I go), it may or may not be my bitter way of wriggling my way in and pretending I’m in the show.
Don’t tell the director, who is my form tutor. He won’t mind. I hope. Sorry Sir.
But it is a lot of work – I’ve at least an hour or two of footage and I’m planning to cut it down into a four or five minute video, which is going to take a very long time.
There’s nothing better than the buzz of performing – seeing about fifty cast members on stage dancing to ‘You Can’t Stop The Beat’ and knowing that I won’t be up there smiling and singing and dancing breaks my heart just a little bit. Especially as last year I was in two shows and now I’ve not got any.
I’m definitely not bitter about not being cast. Not at all.
(I am, of course, joking. Mostly.)
Are you a performer? Have you been in any shows or play – at school or dance or in a drama group? Tell me all about it in the comments!
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