Another dress rehearsal falls, and another day in the theatre begins. But today I want to share with you an email that we received here at Theatre Westminster from one of our recent alums.
How is everything going! I hope all is well in the preparations for the upcoming Ten-minute play festival and fall production, and Gianni, I hope all the crazy things you are doing are going well too. Lester, I hope Spamalot is bringing you much joy.
I just wanted to share something with you guys, because it made me realize how well I had it in school, and the six of you were all a part of it. While conversing with some of my coworkers at The Gateway, ( I am a scenic/props internish/technician person) I showed them my very first scenic piece, my Red Herring billboard. The three people I was with all turned to me and said, in a matter of words, “Oh, I never got that kind of scenic training in school.” Each one of them had gone to a large state school, with huge programs and several artists to work with. You have no idea how incredibly proud of Westminster this made me feel, and of course how good it made me feel about myself. To know that I came from a small liberal arts school, and now am working my second long term gig in an extremely well know regional theatre is beyond words. And I’ve gotten to work with some of the biggest actors and designers in the business, including John Sabo, who designed Gateway’s haunt. Even when I was at Baystreet, I was treated as a professional, and respected by some of the most well-known actors (Peter Scolari and John Schuck). Granted, I’m not making as much money as I would like, but I am doing exactly what I love to do, and living for free in cool places is a bonus. So thank you all for giving me everything I needed to get where I am now, I wish I could give you all tons of money, and marshmallows for Paula, but on my salary that might take a long time. Please feel free to pass this on to anyone who is doubting their major, or abilities or simply stressed about their future. Their time will come. They just have to really know that this is what they want to do, because one thing I’ve learned already in the short time I’ve been out in the real world, is that it doesn’t wait for you.
That’s all. Just wanted to say those things and give you all the “feels” I had.
Carol Sulla worked at Baystreet Theatre this summer, as a stage management intern. She was an ASM on all three of their summer stock shows, Lend me a Tenor, The Mystery of Irma Vep, and A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (staring Peter Scolari, John Shuck and Jackie Hoffman). She was also a temporary carpenter/painter when needed. She now works at The Gateway Playhouse as a props technician. She is currently building props and all kinds of special effects for Gateway’s annual haunted house.
And this, my friends, is why I am proud to say that I teach at Westminster College. Small liberal arts programs are not dead, and instead continue to produce quality students each day. So don’t doubt yourself, and instead push to achieve what it is you wish to achieve.