A lifetime experience for us! Members of the cast of
Much Ado About Nothing through Studio 1.
Wanting to join Elisa in the theater, I was the one who tried out for a part. Don had driven along with me just to give me moral support. I walked on stage, Tami the director gave me a friendly hello then asked “Is your husband here? Do you think he would audition for a part?” I seriously doubted it but he was sitting outside the curtain so I went to him and told him the director would like to see him. Surprised, he went inside. She asked if he would be willing to play a role. Don asked the size of the part and Tami said “Not a bucket full” Don reasoned that shouldn’t be too many lines. He agreed. We laugh now knowing the size of one person’s bucket is a lot different than another’s. Don, who has been plagued with stage fright most of his life was given over 100 lines.
As we journeyed through this episode in our lives, oh my goodness, the tension was high and heavy. Don battled himself and his brain. He was determined to memorize those lines. After hours of study at home as soon as he was on the rehearsal stage with the others his mind went blank. Nothing. He stood there feeling sick. The director called for no book rehearsal. That’s when Richard recommended having a small book that Don could sneak a peak unobtrusively. I cut apart the playbook and glued each of his many pages inside the Bible looking journal. Don carried it around and used it frequently and obviously. There was nothing sneaky about it. Don did great with his contribution in the play, he was all there. He actively playing the part of Leonato the governor, he played the father, the friend, the brother, the deceived and the relieved, but he did while he frequently used his book. It seems the play should have been ruined by that but it wasn’t. The other actors took it in stride. Supporting Don, they treated the book as if it wasn’t even there. Their acting was champion. The energy and emotion took all of us up, down and through the story that was written by Shakespeare. Don needed the book less and less. By the last show (of course, it was the last show) Don didn’t hardly reference the book at all. Because he had become Leonato, the Governor of Messina.
Grand experience. So thankful we made it. I am happy that Elisa encouraged us to be brave and try new things. FUN! Glad it’s over. Whew! Now I am excited to play on my blog and watch movies with Don.
Painting in the background was done by Dale Johnson.