Archive for April, 2011

                Opening Night was a stressful one. Not because of the usual pressure of performing in a crowd, but the fact that our director Nora Cole chose to change certain blocking (places where we are supposed to be) for the closing number of Act One.

This play has been a learning experience for me personally because I chose to use this show as an example of what my life could be like if I chose to go into the field of entertainment, more specifically Broadway. This show was not at all what I expected, because I thought as a director and choreographer routines and a general vision would have been laid out at the start of rehearsals back in January. Unfortunately/fortunate for me our director decided to work in a very “organic way” as opposed to my “synthetic” approach. Literally, the show changed every night and opening night was no different.

When working organically, things change at the drop of a hat. Every audience saw a different show. On opening night, lines were dropped or entrances were late or forgotten. The rest of the cast wasn’t too happy about some people dropping entrances, since we all depended on each other to provide our next move. On opening night, not many people joked around. Everyone had a job to do and were focused enough to do it, so we were able to put on an awesome show. All in all it was not a bad way to start off seven shows.



My freshman year in college has added to my professional and academic development by giving me more responsibility, exposing me to more things, and allowing me to push myself to become an even better performer.

          Allowing me to be in charge of my schedule, as far as assigning classes and making sure deadlines are met for certain applications (i.e. financial aid and scholarships) has given a clear idea as to what it will be like once I graduate from college. It is up to me to go to class and do the required assignments, just like it will be up to me to get up every morning and go to work. Every class that I take, I’m looking for it to enrich my future lifestyle in some way. I take Chinese because I refuse to die knowing only English. I take World Religions to improve my spirituality, and I can truly say this class has brought me closer to my religious up-bringing than any lecture or sermon I have ever heard. I participated in the play, because I wanted to see if acting in a musical was something I could consider doing for the rest of my life. It proved to be the contributing factor for me to continue my dream of one day starring on Broadway or the next new hit T.V show. With every class I take, I look for it to be beneficial not only to myself but to my community and the environment, and I’m excited to see what else ECSU has to teach me.