I am participating with Chasing Happy's Thankful Project's prompt again today. Today's prompt is a role I've played. I decided to have a bit of fun with how broad this topic is and talk about a theatrical role I've played, since I was a musical theater major in college.
When I was thirteen I watched The Man of La Mancha with one of my friends and was immediately drawn to the character of Aldonza, the prostitute. If you're familiar with the story, you may wonder why a girl my age would be drawn to such a...rough character, but I saw how Aldonza was supposed to represent all of us. Those feeling stuck in their lot and unable to move forward. The downcast, the sinner, the trodden upon. The hopeless. Those who long for so much more but feel powerless to change anything. I think it's fair to say that at least the majority of people have struggled with some of these things at some point in their lives.
Don Quixote is the savior in this story, and she is the sinner. He saves her because he sees not what she is what she could be; what she was designed to be.
To me, the story spoke volumes. There was so much depth and meat to it, and I just knew that it was something I wanted to try my hand at bringing to life on stage someday.
Aldonza became a dream role.
I went on to continue working with community theaters throughout high school, until I became a musical theater major in college. When my school announced that we were going to be putting on the production my junior year I freaked. I hoped and prayed that this would be my big chance to tackle the role. Auditions were hard and emotionally rough because it became apparent that the choice was between my roommate and me. (Thankfully this did not kill our friendship and both of us understood how badly the other one wanted it.)
When I found out I had the part, I spazzed out. I was so excited and terrified. I knew Aldonza was a big role and that I would have to work my butt off. And I did. I worked hard on that role. I grasped a lot of depth and reached into places within me that were far from familiar, and I would still love to play her again because there is still so much that I wanted to explore with her.
I'm so thankful for this experience and for every way I grew during working on the production. I made a lot of close friends, and gained a lot of personal confidence. I conquered intimidation and learned to force myself to stop over-thinking what I was doing and go with how my gut told me she would react (something I need to get better at implementing in my daily life for myself.) I also learned that maybe I need to give myself a bit of the grace the Don Quixote gives Aldonza.
I'm also thankful for this experience because it gave me a more wholistic view of theatre. I worked on almost every aspect of that show because different classes I was taking at the time required me to (ex: Stagecraft required that I contributed hours to building and painting the set.) I poured blood, sweat, and tears in to the show and it was so neat to see it brought to life! I'm really thankful for everything I learned through this role.
I mean, seriously, how often do people actually get to play their dream roles?!
|Fun backstage with one of my besties.|
What is a role that you have played and are thankful for (it doesn't have to be theatrical)?
Stacia, the Homey Owl