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On Saturday night, i went to see South Eugene High School's production of Emma's Child, and it was probably one of the best theater productions i've seen in years.

Not that i've been to that many plays these days. I saw another South production that Meredith was also in (although it was only housed at South and involved a lot of South students, but wasn't officially part of the South Eugene drama department, i don't think), and i saw Willamette's fall play this past year.

But still, it's rare that I see a production, high school or not, with a high level of quality - not in terms of props or expense or what not, but where the actors and actresses can really *sell* their characters. I mean, there was a high school in PA that put on a production of West Side Story, and it was well-executed, lots of props (though not a lot of depth in terms of using the audience or extending the stage beyond the typical stage like we always used to do at UM), but it seemed so flat and stale. I might as well have been watching the television version.

This didn't have a lot of glitz in terms of props or blocking or anything like that - it was pretty standard fare in terms of actual Production, but the sheer talent of the actors to bring across the compelling story line made it really fucking powerful. All of the characters had such a high degree of presence and charisma that they could have done the production on a blank stage with no props whatsoever and it still would have been absolutely amazing.

And as i was sitting through it, it actually made me miss high school.

For the most part, I despise my high school experience, and even the parts I don't despise, I don't *miss*. I mean, i have fond memories of marching band and the state and All Eastern choir festivals, but i think because i've had marching band memories and choir memories past high school and i've made music an integral part of my life, it's something i place in my past and leave there. Rebecca is something else that sticks out to me as an Upper Merion memory, but we're different people now, and I'm fortunate enough to be good friends with the Rebecca that exists Now, so my memory of her in high school is also something i place in my past and leave there.

but acting? I haven't done that since high school. The peak of my acting career was playing the lead role of Anything Goes, and that was over ten years ago.

God, that was over ten years ago.

i remember when i went to West Chester as a music major, i had every intention to keep on acting, try to see if i could get spots in the drama productions at the university. But for one reason or another, i never pursued it as much as i should have. I think because unlike high school, the music department and the drama department were very separate things, and I started to focus so intently on marching band - both being a member and teaching - that i determiend that i didn't have the time.

i don't regret that decision, but it makes me sad that the only memory of acting i have to hold on to is that from high school. It makes me wish i could get back into it. I don't know if i have the persona to effectively play a lead role (i don't think i did even back then), but it would be nice to do anything in that world again.

It's interesting that I have less memories of my role in Anything Goes as a lead over the memories of my role in Sugar which was just a backup dancer. But that show was crazy since i was both playing in the pit orchestra and being a backup dancer at the same time, so i was running around like an idiot (tap dancing gangster to prop moving to costume change to playing in the pit in costume to running back on stage... whew!) and loving every second of it.

anyway. Back to work.

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truthmonkey42
May. 10th, 2004 04:55 pm (UTC)
dot dot dot
Speaking of Eric, how's he doing? I hear bits once in a while from mutual friends, but not terribly much overall...

rEoM in Anything Goes...wow... I actually just found a picture from that production a couple of days ago...

Heh...yeha, there they are... rEoM all gussied up, Jen P in a wedding dress (?)... wow, I had forgotten just how friggin big Wolf was... RC, Erik... wow, haven't thought about those guys in years. Jim as the cap'n and Jay as Sir. Evelyn something or other.

"Third class needs a pair a' dice..."

I enjoyed doing that show...good times...
--T42
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truthmonkey42
May. 10th, 2004 07:37 pm (UTC)
Re: dot dot dot
Wow, very very cool. If'n you talk to him tell him Jay's brother said Hey.

--T42
foxtr841
May. 10th, 2004 05:36 pm (UTC)
Do you mind if I print out the first part of that to show my directors? They'd be super happy :>
lifeofmendel
May. 10th, 2004 05:39 pm (UTC)
fine with me. :)
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