By Emily Bassett
Dear future actors and actresses,
Blocking. Set Construction. Line work. Lighting. Music and sound. All these processes are those which the the audience is aware of while watching and after seeing a production. What’s nearly impossible to see from the audience, however, is the bond formed between everyone involved in the production.
Chemistry between actors can be noticed in scenes, but the connection between people working together for two months can never be truly captured. It persists even after closing night, love and friendship holding cast and crew alike together as they go on in their lives.
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs saw the concreting of nineteen cast members together as one happy family. They call each other brother and sister. The crews are not to be left out, forming their own families and often receiving and giving overjoyed hugs and warm smiles to these people they will forever be connected to.
Theatre doesn’t just allow you to explore a show, or a scene, or a character. It allows you to explore yourself and everyone around you. That’s what art is about, after all. Humanity. Appreciation. Emotions.
So, to the little girl who came up to me and told me she wanted to be an actress too: follow your dreams. I wouldn’t encourage you to do anything less than that. Theatre is now my home. It’s where I truly discovered myself, got in touch with my emotions, and made some of my closest friends. I wouldn’t be the same without it.
I don’t think you will be either.
Best of wishes in your future, whether it be in the theatre or outside it,