Tuesday, March 13, 2012
Trodding the Boards Once Again...
I switched things up about ten years ago and I found as I got older, I liked being on the other side of the footlights. I liked being behind the scenes as a writer, director, teacher and coach. I still like it. And sometimes I'm amazed when I recall the things I did in front of an audience. It took a lot of courage and I suppose there was a time I felt fearless. And then that feeling went away, and I metaphorically took out the cozy sweater with patches on the elbows, and the pipe and I sat behind my computer and wove my tales that I would allow others to tell onstage. And I was comfortable with that.
Until now. GULP!
I have the opportunity to present a short play that I wrote a few years ago. I love this piece. It is so....ME. And since it is so me, I have decided (with the director's blessing) that I will return to the stage and be part of the cast. Oy vey. Just saying this out loud sends a flock of seagulls flapping their wings furiously inside my belly. Do I really want to do this? Yes. No. Yes. Is the return to acting just like riding a bicycle? Yes. No. Yes. No...I don't know.
First rehearsal is this weekend. I'm tickled at the thought of performing again. Petrified at the thought of performing again. But I'm going through with it. I need to test my boundaries every now and then and push myself outside my comfort level. That sweater with the patches is getting way too comfortable...so I'm challenging myself to return to my roots and see if the ol' gal still has it in her.
Let me know what you think. Tell me I'm crazy. Tell me I've lost my mind. Or tell me to break a leg. I would love to hear from you.