A Cast and Crew Work As A Body And A Family
Being in Mary Poppins has been totally different. When I auditioned, I pretty much only knew the Assistant Director, one of the costumers, a few people I mostly knew by name, and the friend I was auditioning with. My friend and I both made it, but she had to drop out of the production soon after being cast. I really did feel like I knew no one when I started. I also found out that out of our cast of a little less than 50, there are about 10 of us that are new to KVTA, which is a pretty high number. But it’s been pretty amazing how we quickly we all started to work together and get to know each other. Everyone has been super friendly to me and I am truly enjoying getting to know each and every one of them. Even as some of us newbies are finding a way, we are all united in our goal of producing the best production that we can, no matter the size or nature of our part.
Every Part of this Body Is Important
To make a long story short, my sophomore year of college, I went from being a girl that hardly knew how to put on my own makeup to being in charge of makeup for our Christmas production, and eventually the rest of the productions the school did while I was a student (6 total). I laugh about it know, but at the time, I was terrified! I hadn’t really been in charge of something like that before and I was still learning how to do stage makeup properly, but Mary (my college drama director) had faith in me, and now I’m grateful she gave me the chance to grow in the process. I learned so much and was eventually able to teach others. I came it love my backstage job, and it was a bittersweet thing when I finished my last Christmas production in college.
[If you want to see a little of my specialty makeup work, there are a few pictures at the end of this post]
It’s Not About Me
If I learned anything from the parts that I’ve played in the productions that I’ve been in, I have learned that these productions are not about me. Now, I’ve never had a lead role in a major play, but I know that the best of those who do get lead roles are the ones that have mastered the tract of humility.
It almost made laugh a little when I was reading through all the information I was given for Mary Poppins, and one of the guidelines said that there was no room for divas in this production. It made me kind of laugh because a lot of people would think that the theater is a breeding grounds for divas and puffed up egos. And trust me when I say that I have encountered my fair share of those. But I also know that having that kind of an attitude usually tarnishes your performance, and often breeds disunity among the cast and crew. I believe that once someone remembers the importance of working as a body with the rest of the cast, then the natural response is humility and a desire for unity. Only then will they be able to properly contribute their part to the greater whole of the production.