I hope everyone had a wonderful Holiday Season! Mine was pretty busy with A Christmas Carol and Jolly Days at the museum...but for the first time in a long time I truly felt like I was able to get into the "Holiday Spirit." I have to give a lot of thanks to Beef & Boards and the whole cast of A Christmas Carol, for making this year extra special.
A Christmas Carol was such an enjoyable experience... and, despite being only an hour long show, it really had an impact on its audiences. Eddie Curry, our Scrooge, was brilliant--it was an honor just being able to stand on stage with him. Though, A Christmas Carol is not new to the Beef & Boards repertoire, it was expressed by many returning cast members that this year was different. Changes were made, and cleared story was created.
While I was expecting this to be a fun, light, show to perform during the Holidays, I quickly learned that no show is without its challenges. The scene between Young Scrooge and Belle was one of the most challeging scenes I had done in a while- to fall in love with someone, get engaged to them, and then break up all with them all within the span of 10 mins is rough. Luckily by the end of the run (thanks to a great scene partner), I felt confident about the scene. Performing as Belle was very therapeutic, and it allowed me to reflect on the past year. Such a great experience all around!
Over the Holidays, I also weighted the options of Grad School. I met with an amazing acting coach and considered the results of applying this year or waiting another. After much consideration, I have decided to wait and apply next year. I am going to begin acting "lessons," though, and start preparing for auditions. I'm not sure if Grad school is what I want yet, but I'm willing to take some chances.
I think that is all for now. I'm going to spend Winter 2016 bettering myself...with dance classes and acting coaching. Happy New Year!