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First Rehearsal

Posted: August 26, 2013 in Uncategorized

It has finally arrived!  After auditions, call backs, and months of practicing lines (Ok, 1 monthly of really practicing lines, The Baron’s Men held the first rehearsal for The Spanish Tragedie yesterday.  Good News, I don’t suck!  

This is the first play I have been in since high school, and that was less about being a thespian and more about getting high with the director on the catwalks above the stage.  We certainly didn’t do anything as formal as a table read.  Needless to say, I was nervous.  Other than being expected to know my lines (105 of them!) I really had no idea what to expect.  Am I to play my character at the table, or just read straight through?  Am I overacting?  Are they all going to laugh at me?  20 people gathered around a table at a rec center.  I keep hearing murmurs of what a talented cast this show has (One guy has even been on Broadway!).  Geez…I am going to stink up the place.  

And just like that, the apprehension was passed and we were in the thick of it.  I said my lines when my part came up, and no one laughed.  Well, they laughed at the funny parts.  And all of the sudden, this troupe of actors that I have admired for so long, the best kept secret in Austin, they are human.  They struggle with their lines, they make inside jokes about the script, they are supportive of me and I can see in their eyes that they want my support as well.  This paradigm shift has not lessened them in my eyes, but quite the opposite.  Despite the nerves, doubt, and obstacles, their love of the art, their desire for greatness, and their commitment to each other persevere to produce a masterpiece.  

As I have said, and will undoubtedly say again, I am honored to be part of this troupe.

More rehearsals this week.  More updates to come!