One Thousand Thanks: 1066 – 1076. The Cast of Narnia – Part Three

Entering into the wardrobe of Narnia

Entering into the wardrobe of Narnia

After taking a few days away from the show, I already miss it although there is also a sense of relief and closure. Thus, here is my final list of thanks to the wonderful people who made Narnia happen.

1066. Nathan: Director – He had a great vision for the play. Instead of being cutesy or overly extravagant, the show was a mix of magical, simple, and earthy. I really respected his way of helping us to tell the story, no matter what part we played.  Continue reading

One Thousand Thanks: 1044 – 1054. The Cast of Narnia – Part One

Me as a dryad in Narnia

I am a dryad in Narnia.

Normally, I write a note to each member of shows that I am in, but lately my time for anything extra has vanished swiftly. Thus, I decided to make this post the first of two parts thanking all of the amazing people who were in or helped with Narnia.

1044. Ben: Aslan/Father Christmas/Professor Diggory – Your majestic voice, huge smile, and warm personality made you perfect for this role. However, you are even more than a great actor; you are a magnificent person. Thank you for taking the time to listen and laugh with me even about silly things. The fact that you show care for everyone is so beautiful!


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Everyone Has a Story to Tell

Black and white photo of me

Opening up and saying your story are not an easy tasks.

Writing is simple. Just type words onto a page, and there you are. Writing.

Good writing is more difficult. Character, style, grammar, inspiration, humor, honesty, clarity, research – there are so many components to creating any type of written work – fiction or nonfiction, creative or academic, comedic or tragic. Still, with proper training and natural skills, people can begin to type on a blank document with their brain dials only turned to 50 percent.

Telling your story, however, is much more difficult. More frightening. More time consuming. And more rewarding.

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One Thousand Thanks: 988 – 994. Powerful Plays

Boys in The Yellow Boat

Most of the boys who were in The Yellow Boat with me last spring

In my playwriting class, we have to not only study how to write a show by reading but also by seeing. If you are interested in any part of theater, viewing other performances is extremely helpful.

However, you will sometimes find a show that really disturbs you. That happened to me tonight. Other people might be compelled by the show or love it. Even so, you are allowed to find it troubling or uninteresting. For example, A Street Car Named Desire left me sickened. When the woman loses her heritage and sanity at the end – after being molested by her sister’s husband – I was furious. Other people love that show; I cannot stand it, and that is fine.

However, there are many wonderful, inspiring shows that you can be in or see. Here are some of the ones that I am most thankful for on this Thankfulness Thursday.

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One Thousand Thanks: 755 – 765. Powerful Plays and Challenging Characters

The Yellow Boat cast

The Yellow Boat cast

On Tuesday and Wednesday, I auditioned for two different plays. One was Oliver! and the other is called Theater on Purpose. Although part of me wanted to do the musical, doing the second one was so appealing. The students work together to write a play on an important issue, research it, and then travel to schools and churches to perform it. How amazing is that?

Last year, the director stated how much he liked me but did not cast me. It was really difficult and rather saddening. Thus, I tried not to get my hopes up when auditioning. He remembered me, which was positive, and seemed excited to see me again. However, I was unsure what he thought about my audition.

“You have something really special,” he remarked before I left.

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Finishing “The Yellow Boat”

Benjamin, Father, and Mother in a family picture

Benjamin, Father, and Mother in a family picture

Over the past couple of months, I have been practicing for a one-act festival at my university. The past week, my cast performed a shortened version of The Yellow Boat by David Saar. Five other casts presented other one-acts on the same nights as us or alternating evenings.

The Yellow Boat is originally a childrens’ show but one of the most powerful scripts I have ever read. David Saar wrote it about his son, Benjamin. In the 1980s, this little boy with an artistic streak was born. Because of his hemophilia, Benjamin received multiple blood transfusions. One of these gave him blood tainted with the aids virus.

Suddenly, this creative and exciting show with us running around being happy children morphs into a heart-wrenching tale about this young artists last days. Just thinking about it now still brings me to tears. At the end, Benjamin dies and “sails away on the yellow boat” up to the sun.

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Coping Skills: #7. Acting

The Grandmother in Guys and Dolls

Playing the Grandmother in Guys and Dolls

At a fairly young age, I began to act in musical theater productions.  Over the years, I have continued to pursue this pastime and even longed to be a famous actress at one point in time.  However, over the past few years, I have taken a break from the stage.  Sure, I helped out as a costumer, backstage hand, watching the children in the cast, or ushering.  But the last time I was actually on stage was winter 2010 to 2011.  During this time, my eating disorder grew stronger and sneakier.  Since then, I have either chosen to take a break, been in too much treatment to attend practices, or not been cast.  Part of me began to believe my acting days were over.

Last night, I went to the theater company where I feel more comfortable than anywhere else outside of my home.  As a shy insecure teenage, I auditioned for my first show years ago.  To my shock, I received the lead role as Cinderella.  Since then, I have loved being in, helping with, and viewing their plays.  Thus I was not surprised at how much I loved Oklahoma last night despite the dark moments in the show.

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