Hey there people and Happy Sunday to you. Today I am so pleased to bring to you a guest post from a very talented lady indeed. Her blog is lovely, she is one of my lovely sponsors and if you don't already know of her you should definitely check her out here. Ladies and gentleman, I am proud to present.... Emmy!!
I've been in theatre since I was about six years old. With my 26th birthday coming up, that means I have been on stage for about 20 years now.
One of the things I've learned is that theatre people are awesome.
Every month for my blog I have a theme of the month, and this month's theme is "Art That Inspires My Soul." Therefore, I decided to share with all of you wonderful readers why theatre people are awesome.
Something you need to understand is that theatre people are their own special breed of human. Seriously, that's why so many people turn to theatre. Theatre is filled with people who are out of the box and don't fit in anywhere else. Audra McDonald (won the Tony for lead actress in a musical a few weeks ago) in her acceptance speech shared how she felt she never fit in - until she found theatre. We are the odd balls. The crazy people. The weird ones.
A few months ago I was talking to someone who had met an actress who had been playing Fantine in Les Miserables on Broadway for several years. She told him that she felt as though she had a split personality. During one half of the day she was herself, just another actor in New York. Then the other half of the day she was a miserable person in France. Sometimes it was hard for her to determine which one was the real her!
If you want to see life through another persons eyes, be an actor. You'll have multiple lives.
Hanging out with theatre people, you will never lack entertainment and adventure. Theatre people are always entertaining. Even when they aren't on stage they are entertaining other people. I can't tell you how many times in college my theatre friends and I would be dancing wildly, practicing circus acrobatics, quoting our favorite shows, and doing the most outrageous of things. Lately I've been following the cast of the musical Newsies on Twitter - and I love checking out the pictures they share. It reminds me of just how crazy and ridiculous theatre people are and why I love them so much.
Besides - where else can you find people who act like this?
After all - "all the world's a stage" right?
Theatre people are accepting of others. Theatre people get that everyone is different. Everyone is crazy. Everyone is a little "off." As I said before, they are their own special breed of human. So they understand if you're weird. The weirder the better actually!
Theatre people don't have a filter. Sometimes this can be obnoxious, because I can't tell you how many stories I've heard come out of people's mouths that I wish I didn't hear. However, they tell it as it is. Nothing is too outrageous to share.
Theatre award shows always have the best talent - they don't need the crazy performances the Grammys and such do. Need proof? Check out this video from the Tony awards. They do this EVERYDAY, not just for award shows. Can you sing and dance like that all of the time? Nope. Theatre people can.
Theatre people get to fly. I mean... ever heard of Wicked? Yeah, theatre people fly. And have you seen some of the dancers on Broadway? They might as well be flying the way they jump into the air.
Theatre people travel through time and space. One show you could be a modern day Irish guy singing to his unrequited love, and the next you can be a Jew in Tsarist Russia in 1905, and then the next show you can be cross-dressing as a ironing lady in 1960's Baltimore trying to raiser a teenage daughter.
Theatre people can sing and dance whenever they feel like it and not have to worry about looking like a freak. If anyone else were to burst into song and dance randomly everyone would think you are crazy. But theatre people? That's just an average day.
Theatre people get to tell the truth while lying. Let's face it - acting essentially is lying. You are trying to convince people you are someone that you are not. Sometimes you are even trying to convince people that a fantasy world exists.
But while you are doing it, you are telling truths about life and the world around you. That's why people love good theatre, movies, TV shows, books, etc. Because they relate to it. They connect with truths about our lives, even if it is fantasy.
And.... we have Neil Patrick Harris. Do I need to say anything more?
Theatre people aren't just actors. They're dancers, singers, costume makers, designers, directors, stage hands, assistants, social media gurus, carpenters, you name it, you can probably find a job in theatre.
Theatre people are team players. Yes, you're going to find your divas, But you'll find them anywhere. But some of the best shows (at least in my opinion) aren't just about the "lead" character or "star" of the show. It's about the whole ensemble. From the main character, to the random person in the back of the chorus, to the guy who is fixing the lights. Every single person is essential.
Theatre people will do almost anything. Wear a lion mask on your head. Sure! Pretend you're a murder. Of course! Wiggle around the stage like you have no bones. Naturally! Pretend you're the biggest flirt in the history of the universe. Why not? They do it all.
Well, thanks to Emmy for sharing a little of her mind's eye view here today. Don't forget to check out her blog here.
Have a great Sunday people!!