Treading the boards for the first time
Reporter Rexine Hawes put her outgoing personality to use, by appearing in the Short n Sweet Festival for our Reporter Challenge series.
I have always wondered where the theatre saying ‘‘break a leg’’ comes from.
Apparently, it’s bad luck, to wish an actor good luck, so they went with that saying instead.
Well, I didn’t break a leg, but I did shed a few pounds and lose a bit of sleep from the stress of ‘‘treading the boards’’ at the theatre for the very first time in my life.
I was challenged by Colin Kemplen to participate in the Matamata Short n Sweet Festival, held over four days last week, concluding with a matinee on Sunday.
I think I surprised Colin with my acting abilities and he seemed pretty happy with my performance. I surprised myself actually.
I played Jasmine Hooker, a ‘‘bit of fluff’’ to antiques collector ‘‘con-man’’ Gerald, played by the charming and talented Chris Chambers.
Our cast also included Sally Jenkins and Hilton Woodroofe in the play Thanks a Million, written by Colin Kemplen and directed by Heather Bond.
Along the way, they each gave me precious acting advice, such
‘‘I played Jasmine Hooker, a 'bit of fluff' to antiques collector 'con-man' Gerald - played by the charming and talented Chris Chambers.’’
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as project your voice, don’t curse and don’t panic if you forget your lines, and my own advice, don’t throw up on stage.
Hilton told me if I wasn’t nervous, I should be worried. I was comforted and surprised to learn experienced actors still suffer from the jitters on opening night.
I was definitely jittery and possibly ‘‘happy’’ on too much rescue remedy and I am happy to say I got through each night fumblefree.
Dr Greg Dunn even gave me a high-five after opening night.
Every single person involved in the festival had something encouraging to say.
At no time did I feel unsupported or alone - everyone was so kind. I am very grateful for the invitation and experience.
As soon as it was over, I missed the theatre terribly - and the people. I hope to meet some of them again when I audition for Short n Sweet 2019.
Matamata has incredibly talented actors, directors, writers and stage crew and I encourage everyone to get along to the next productions at both the dramatic and musical theatres.
Maybe even put your hand up for a part?
This challenge was successfully executed - and I am on the hunt for the next.
The cast and crew of Matamata’s Short n Sweet festival.