Back out into the bold (acting) unknown

Cast of "Sweet Charity" at TSHS, 2003. Can you find me?

Cast of "Sweet Charity" at TSHS, 2003. Can you find me? šŸ™‚

Tomorrow night, I’m taking a gigantic leap out into the bold unknown.

I’m auditioning for a play.

It’s been three years. Three years since I tried out for a show! I was a huge theatre buff in high school — I racked up about a dozen roles in my four years in my school’s department. It’s where I met some of my best friends then, and where I splayed out for hours running lines and blocking and practicing. In all of my adolescent exuberance, I memorized countless lines and attempted to sing in productions like “Bye Bye Birdie” and “Sweet Charity.” And even if I was pretty horrible, I was nothing if not dedicated!

Since then, time has obviously become a high-priced commodity. I was way too busy in college to even think about auditioning for community theatre. I did audition for one show in 2005 — one crazy hot summer evening — but I was doing it for the wrong reasons: I was desperate to have something to chew up all of my time after a nasty break-up, so I went in for a part with my head and heart all broken up.

This time, I’m definitely not broken — but I do have ulterior motives. As Palmer gets ready to leave for the Air Force and I’mĀ here with my family, friendsĀ and full-time job to keep me company, I’m still going to have plenty of time over the next few months that I would love to fill up with something other than longing and anxiety! I’m writing, yes, but I write all the time. I need something more.

And our community theatre in Southern Maryland is performing A Man For All Seasons in March.

I have no idea how many female roles there are. I have no clue if I’m going to absolutely suck after all this time. I don’t know if this is something I’ll keep up with — or realize was just a part of my high school experience, walking away and leaving it at that.

But I know I have to try.

And here’s to trying!

Here’s my monologue . . . I have it mostly memorized. That’s what tonight will be for!

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