“Step, two, three, four, bang, crash, gasp” is not how the typical student performer pictures his play or musical performance going.
Have you ever had the pleasure of watching someone you know make a complete fool of themselves while on stage? What about watching someone fall off a platform and land spread eagle in front of the audience?
I never had the pleasure of watching someone fall off a stage, because I was that “someone” who fell and everyone laughed at. It was pretty hysterical and I was laughing at myself after I came out of shock and realized my improvisation skills failed.
Theatre has always been a huge part of my life, even if I was not the best at it. I love to perform myself, watch local plays or take a trip to Chicago to see a musical. I am fascinated by performers’ ability to remember all of their lines, while portraying a character at the same time. It is a talent I know many of us wish we had.
When I first applied to Ferris, I checked to see if we had a theatre program or something of the sort, as if there was still hope for my acting career. Obviously, if I cannot stay on a stage maybe I should not have been there in the first place.
Nevertheless, I give a lot of credit to students who perform in shows and plays during their college career. Anyone who has never been in a performance will not understand the amount of work these students put into making their shows a success. It takes time, patience, teamwork and a lot of practice to make a show successful.
When I first saw a Ferris theatre production, I honestly was not impressed. In fact, I was cringing for the majority of the show. I am the kind of audience member who looks for flaws and mistakes. It is not because I want a show to go wrong or be bad. I think it is a bad habit of mine since I always try to strive for perfection. After working for one of the largest entertainment companies in the world (Walt Disney World Resorts), my expectations were pretty high when I transferred to Ferris in regards to the acting scene.
Now my levels of expectations have been brought back to reality and should be somewhat normal for what is about to come this weekend to the Williams Auditorium, “The Three Musketeers.” If you are a hard critic like myself and plan on watching the show, try to look past any mistakes or flubs if any do occur. Performing is fun, but also nerve racking and stressful. Every single audience member will be judging the entire show. I think it comes with the job of being an actor or actress. I tip my hat off to them and their ability to perform under the scrutiny of eyes such as my own.
I do hope the performance exceeds my expectations. Heck, I wish I had time this semester to actually be a part of the production. It is a part of my life that I sadly wish was not over. But I believe every college has loads of talent to share, including ours.
To those who have dedicated their time, talent and efforts for our Ferris productions, break a leg, but please do not break your leg literally by falling off the stage. It is not the best experience.