Today I want to share a Write and Win entry from Cheyenne Drews of New Smyrna Beach High School. She talks about her experiences performing her very first play – The Bright Blue Mailbox Suicide Note. Her message is a lovely reminder of the power of theatre.
The very first play I ever auditioned for I actually got a part in. I was so new into drama that it was all a blur to me. It was the one act, The Bright Blue Mailbox Suicide Note, and it was going to the District Thespian Competition.
The first rehearsal was probably the single most important rehearsal we had. I had never bonded so quickly with so many people before. Because of the subject matter, our first rehearsal was all about emotions and discussing how this play made us feel. Experiences were shared to almost strangers and I knew by the way we all just poured our hearts out to each other that I found my home.
This for me was the first time I was meeting many of these people and I will never forget what one girl in particular said to me that day. She said, “This is going to be so good for you,” hugged me and gave me a look that reassured any worries I had. I don’t know what it was about what she said; it was so basic and simple but it has lived with me as I expand in acting. All rehearsals following that were difficult but rewarding and although we may not have gotten the best score in the world, I found people that I can connect with on such an emotional level that I know will never leave me.