“Life … is a tale Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, Signifying nothing.“
– William Shakespeare
SHAKESPEARE is one of those icons that everyone has heard of but never really learned much about. There is a reason why he is so renowned.
- He was a poetic genius.
- He understood human nature and what made us interesting
- He made it a point to be a rebel and
As one of the first Shakespeare plays I was fortunate enough to partake in, I felt very unprepared for the play itself.
A Midsummer’s Night Dream
I learned very quickly that you will not always get the part you want.
I originally wanted to be the comedic relief of the show but I ended up instead being cast as the two kings throughout the whole play.
My initial reaction was very selfish and egotistical. I thought the person cast for the role I wanted didn’t fit the part and would ruin the show. THANKFULLY, I eventually decided to take on these parts and actually stretched my acting in a way that the other role definitely wouldn’t have.
Shakespeare has a way of bringing the flaws out of you. I took away all kinds of lessons from the beginning to the end:
1. Make the best of what the world gives you. I didn’t get what I wanted, but I honestly felt like the role I played was the one that I needed.
2. Find an alternative to tricky costume designs. In this show, I was a fairy king for one role and they decided to draw vines and leaves on my arms and legs with permanent marker… you can imagine the altercations of that. I should have found a better way to pull off the look they were wanting without going to that extreme.
3. Shakespeare monologues are a nightmare to learn but increase your capabilities with memorization. I learned about 8 multiple page monologues. By the end of the show, I could pick up any monologue or side and learn it in a matter of minutes. It was quite astonishing to say the least.
4. There is always a level of WEIGHT you have to carry as a lead in a show. Knowing your role and how to play it effectively can astronomically affect the overall quality of a production.
5. I danced around barefoot for most of the show with a mask on. Humility was gained. I learned to trust my space and blocking in low light and that masks suck when you are performing because you can’t see your feet.
In this strange world of creativity, Shakespeare found his own humility through his work and embraced all the flaws of life.
As an artist, you have to reach a point where there is no more humility, or self pity, or embarrassment, or shame. THERE IS ONLY YOUR OPENNESS AND CONFIDENCE.
Don’t be afraid of it, embrace it.
Until Next Time,