It’s Showtime

By Jennifer Dalvano
April 4, 2002

A transformation occurs as the bright glimmering lights focus on you as you step onto the stage. It’s opening night, the house is full and the attention of all is on you. Oh the pressure, what if I forget my lines? What if I miss my cue? These thoughts run through the mind of many actors and actresses as the attempt to show their work to an audience.

Nowadays the desire to be an actor/actress is still high, while the salary is still low. For one to dedicate themselves to such a vigorous extracurricular activity or to commit themselves to a poor life as an actor/actress the heart and soul must be full of passion to entertain audience and to be willing to transform or portray themselves as many characters.

First things first, you have the auditions. Tons of people going out for the same part, and you think to yourself what do I have to offer? Then they call your name, you get up on the stage, and you give it all you have. You make them see that NO ONE else could possibly play a part as wonderful, or as perfect as you could. You show them that you are the most confident, most talented and most charismatic person that they have ever seen before, even though they’ve already heard your audition song 10 times. Finally, you’re finished, they say thank you. Then you wait, you wait till the lists are posted and see where your name falls upon the list.

It’s posted. You look. You smile. You made it.

Crunch week is here. The make-up and costumes are worn, and the true transformation has taken place, you are no longer you, you are your character. You go through these rehearsals as though 100 of the most important people in the world are there to see you, you give it your all, put your whole self into it. You feel drained. The play starts to overcome your life. As opening day nears your begin to see that it is slowly but surely coming together. The show is actually making sense.

Opening night is finally here! All of a sudden your nerves start to take over. This is it. All of my hard work, all these hours, all the times spent rehearsing, and now it’s here. You’re overtaken by mixed emotions. You are glad that the show is here, but sad because you know eventually the show will have to come to an end.

As the closing music plays and you go out for your bow, the crowd goes wild. You’re proud of yourself, or should I say, you’re proud of your character.

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