Shakespeare. The name alone foments an array of emotions from the deepest regions of my soul. I love Shakespeare. I loathe Shakespeare. Shakespeare makes me laugh and cry, sometimes simultaneously. Shakespeare disgusts me and yet, somehow, arouses me. But this all pertains to reading the works of the Bard. Ask me how I feel about playing any of these fantastic characters. Go ahead and ask. Terrified! That’s how I feel.
WhenHoosier Shakes Executive Director Greg Fiebig first mentioned Hoosier Shakes to me a few years ago, I thought, “How awesome will that be for some other actor.” Then Fiebig asked me if I intended to audition. For those of you not in the know, one does not simply say “No” to Greg. At least, not with ease. More often than not, you simply say “Sure”, or some variant thereof. Of course I said yes to auditioning, fear of being cast notwithstanding. How could I not at least audition? After all, there have to be much better suited actors for this sort of shindig than the odd fellow with the long arms and stumpy torso that rudely breaks fellow actors’ audition concentration with off color joking, nonsensical stories and sentences that run on for days without an end in sight. Then came the call from Hoosier Shakes Artistic Director Katie Wampler. I was being offered roles in two plays. Oh man, things just got really real. Two shows! Learning two shows at the same time. Crafting my take on multiple characters…at the same time. Collaborating with immensely talented actors and directors on two shows…AT THE SAME TIME! It goes without saying that I felt a little overwhelmed, but I did accept the challenge offered to me.
Normally, I don’t get nervous. My ego is too big to allow any room for nervousness. But as the day rapidly approaches when I will come together with my fellow actors, I find that nervousness has become a helpful aid. It forces me to put in more work than I ever have before for any show. And even though I have convinced myself that I am still going to be the least prepared when rehearsals start, I cannot hardly wait to begin this incredible journey with these amazing people. Shakespeare will always scare me a little as an actor. But at least now I can say that he makes me nervous, too! In all seriousness, I am truly excited to see what lies in store in just a few more days.
Twelfth Night and Pericles will be performed in repertory at Charley Creek Gardens in Wabash, IN, June 8-12 and the 3rd Street Courtyard in Marion, IN, June 15-19 and 22-26. Pre show entertainment will commence at 7:00 PM. shows will begin at 7:30 PM. Approximately run-time for each show is 2 hours and 15 minutes. Bring lawn chairs or blankets for seating.
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