Theatre. Have you ever been involved?

Jaimes Jaimes
I have my bachelor's degree in Theatre, specializing in Directing. I've been acting and directing plays for over 10 years. I am a literature nerd at heart, so I have a passion for directing. I love to analyze the text, create a unique vision, and then work towards giving the actors and the audience a wonderful experience. But as an actor, I love being able to play pretend, to interact with other characters on stage and read the audience as they join me in the story.

Has anyone here on Eden ever been involved with theatre or film? Do you act, direct, design? What have been your favorite projects? What are your methods? Let's talk shop!
06/15/2012
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I did theater in high school and for a short period of time in college (I minored in drama for two semesters before I got overwhelmed and stuck to just English Lit major). I was on the acting end of things. My favorites have always been Shakespeare plays, just because I love the work itself. I was also in a production of The Hobbit and since I'm a huge Hobbit/LotR fan I thought that was the coolest thing ever.
06/15/2012
Chilipepper Chilipepper
Also did the high school and college acting, along with a bit of community theatre. Sad to say, my highlight was playing Lucy van Pelt in You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown. I've acted, directed, did costuming, props, and other odds and sods. The theatre was just my second love, though, my first will always be writing. And the fact that my ability to memorize an entire script had completely left me as soon as I hit twenty-five.

I think what drew me was being surrounded by other creative people who enjoyed making a fantastic product for others, just for the sheer joy of creating. We could bounce ideas off each other, we could be goofy, we could be irrelevant ... and we would "get" each other without getting Those Looks that the normal people would give. I miss having that sort of rapport. Adulthood has become rather lonely, as the more ambitious of my creative friends have moved away and are doing what they love in places that will pay them for it.
06/15/2012
Beck Beck
The last time I was in a play was in 4th grade. We did Mary Poppins. I was the Mother of the children. LOL Other then that, I haven't done anything similar.
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Ansley Ansley
I was deeply involved in the drama club just because my sophomore English teacher was the director and we were pretty close. I was only in one or two plays and I didn't feel all that comfortable being on stage like that.

When I auditioned for the first time, I got so confused on the dance steps that I jumped off the stage...and proceeded to get screamed at for it. But, I was cast anyway, because they needed the extra body.
06/15/2012
Jaimes Jaimes
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Originally posted by Ansley
I was deeply involved in the drama club just because my sophomore English teacher was the director and we were pretty close. I was only in one or two plays and I didn't feel all that comfortable being on stage like that.

When I auditioned ... More
Ha! I was cast in a musical called Meshuggah-nuns in college. The girl they originally cast as the Brooklyn-ese nun dropped out last minute, and the director asked me to step in because I could do the physical comedy part of it, and I'm a quick study with lines.

There is a good reason I wasn't cast originally. I'm not a terrible singer, but I am a ridiculously horrible dancer. The choreographer would just scream from the back of the rehearsal for me to "put away the guns."

Yes, when I do choreography, or generally dance at all, my hands get locked into a gun shape. It's ridiculous.

Funny story, I now work with Megan, whom I went to college with and directed in a production of The Children's Hour. She was the best Mary I've ever seen. Anyway, we were talking recently, and she remarked how our acting prof (the choreographer) would talk and joke about someone who would always dance with weird gun hands. She didn't know the story was about me until 3 years later!
06/15/2012
palindromic palindromic
Yep! I've been acting and singing for about 14 years now. I used to be an acting major at a Big Fancy Conservatory Program, but I needed freedom and variety. I still perform frequently, though, and my current institution has a fairly active performing artist community.

I was in "Hair" once, which was good fun. That show has fantastic music, including lots of fun parts for high sopranos. I was also recently in a student-written short play which was a lot of fun.
06/15/2012
Bignuf Bignuf
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Originally posted by Jaimes
I have my bachelor's degree in Theatre, specializing in Directing. I've been acting and directing plays for over 10 years. I am a literature nerd at heart, so I have a passion for directing. I love to analyze the text, create a unique vision, ... More
Just did a little community theater. Cannot speak to much about it, but it was indeed FUN. (Except the 2 AM marathon stage work and rehearsals on TECH WEEK). I am getting too old to find THAT fun!!! Best of luck with YOUR career.
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