Sometimes You Just Keep On Truckin’

While a good time was had by all at the Missouri State Thespian Festival, not everything was rosy and things didn’t always go as planned. Come a little closer and I’ll tell you what I mean….


Craig: Hi Lindsay.

Lindsay: Hi Craig.

Craig: Where are we?

Lindsay: Well, we are at the Missouri State Thespian Festival where we have a table and I’m also teaching workshops.

Craig: And what are we doing here?

Lindsay: Well, this is one of the rooms in which I am supposed to be teaching workshops.

Craig: And why aren’t you teaching?

Lindsay: Well, if you turn around and scan the room, you will see that for this particular workshop, I have lots of chairs and I have no students. No students showed up to this particular workshop.

Craig: And why does that happen?

Lindsay: Well, there’s a lot of reasons. First of all, it’s insanely cold in Saint Louis. Not cold for Canada. It’s really not. It’s not snowy for Canada, not cold for Canada. But really snowy and cold for Saint Louis and a lot of schools closed so there’s not as many kids here as usual. And I’m in Siberia in terms of distance from the main area so this is a workshop which is very, very far away. And, three, this is a new workshop and it is a really, really great workshop. I love this workshop. But I’m thinking that the description and the title are not doing it justice.

This is the second time I’ve done it and the second time I’ve been surprised at the low numbers. And I think it’s all three things. I think it’s the cold, I think it’s the distance, and I have to say, you know, I think too, it’s the description and the title. It’s just not catching them and I don’t know why.

Craig: How does that make you feel?

Lindsay: It makes me feel like my ego is very, very pummelled because nobody wants no one to show up to their workshops. What happens at all these conferences is that they bring in guest artists to teach in a variety of topics – you know, acting and directing and there’s a film one going on next door, technical stuff and stage combat – and I do playwriting and the kids don’t sign up for the workshops. They go to what appeals to them. So, it’s our job as the guest artists to make sure that our descriptions and our titles, you know, appeal.

Craig: So, why did you want to make this video?

Lindsay: Well, I wanted to make the video because, you know what, things are not all, you know, roses and sunshine here at Theatrefolk. Sometimes, we make mistakes and we have to deal with them. And, you know what, so I wanted to show an empty room and kind of go, “You know what? I think this is one of my mistakes.” So…

Craig: Lindsay?

Lindsay: We’ll have to do something.

Craig: Lindsay Price?

Lindsay: Yes, Craig Mason?

Craig: What are you going to take from this experience?

Lindsay: I’m going to take my ball and I’m going to go home. Actually, what I’m really going to take is, usually, if things go wrong once, you’ve got to look, you’ve got to step back and you go, “Okay. Was it me? Was it them? Was it the situation? Was it the weather?” You know, twice though, it’s time to go home and rewrite the description and have another look at the workshop and look what you’re missing people. I’ve really, really, really fancy hand-outs and I have all kinds of, like, notes and monologues and, you know what, what I’m going to take away is that you pick yourself up and you dust yourself off and you keep on trucking and you go to the next one and you strive to do better because otherwise you’re just, you know, pouting in a circle and I don’t like doing that.

Craig: Do you know what I think you should take from this?

Lindsay: Oh, good heavens. What do you think I should take from this?

Craig: I think you should take all these unguarded desks and sell them on eBay! Woo!

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Lindsay Price