As the show finally came to a close, I was sad that my first production with Theatre Westminster was over. I learned so much over the course of the rehearsals; some things from the director, and others from the other students.
Acting at a collegiate level is so much different than what I was used to in my high school, and I’m so thankful that I had this experience and opportunity to learn even more about doing plays. I also built many relationships with the other actors, which I think is very important when working with people in the theatre environment.
The performances themselves I thought went very well. I took time to get into character before each time that I entered onto the stage. I felt that this was very important to do, especially since I happened to be acting in very comical scenes.
If I did not take time to mentally prepare and get in character, it was easy to break character and laugh on stage at some of the different jokes or actions.
I also thought I projected very well, and I made sure that I enunciated each of my words. This was imperative to do, especially because we did not have microphones and because we were speaking from a Shakespearean text, which is generally harder to understand.
I also found it interesting going from having no audience at all (or the only audience being your co-actors laughing at various things), to a live audience for the Thursday night performance.
We had to adjust when we delivered some of our lines or how we moved throughout the scenes depending on how the different audiences reacted. Since no two audiences were alike, they each laughed at different jokes or actions. For instance, the Thursday crowd laughed at everything that we expected them to, while the Saturday crowd laughed at the things we didn’t expect them to and did not laugh at the jokes we thought they would.