Had there been a drama club at St. Philip’s when I attended I would have been an eager member. Alas there wasn’t and I had to wait until high school to live my passion. I took theater all 4 years and participated in every play in one way or another. I had many devastating moments where I wasn’t cast in shows. One particular play I desperately wanted to do and didn’t make the cut. I was so sad. But I joined crew just so I could be close to the play. I never felt like I could speak to my drama teachers in high school about why I didn’t get cast or what I could do better. I think I was too shy and afraid.
I don’t want you to feel that way with me. If you want or need an explanation, encouragement or even understanding please don’t hesitate to talk to me about it. Auditions are hard and sometimes you nail it while other times you don’t. As difficult as it is to understand there are times where you just don’t fit any part. That does not mean you aren’t talented it just means there wasn’t the right role for you.
I try really hard not to think of drama club members in terms of your grade or even how long you have participated. I make a huge effort to cast my plays based on your audition and how I see you fitting into the cast. But, I have found that by the time drama club members reach 7th and 8th grade they have grown so much gaining stage presence and confidence. Often it turns out the the lead roles go to older members because all the time and effort put into previous productions helps them grow as an actor. The pay off for being a long time drama club member in not that it guarantees you a lead role. Rather loyalty, dedication and most importantly participation help you grow and learn to be a good actor which in turn leads to better roles.
This year was particularly difficult. The amount of talent and loyalty in our 8th grade members is astounding. I remember your first productions and wow how far you have come. I wish with all my heart I didn’t have to disappoint some of you.
If you need to talk to me, I am here for you.