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#6 Before Happily Ever After

I have recently been cast as Edmund Pevensie in “Narnia”, and I am writing this post to let my anxiety/ excitement/ and worry out.

I have approximately 130 lines/lyrics to learn in this show and I just got the script! I have been studying my lines for about a week and I have about 15 of them memorized. You see why I’m anxious and worried? The shows are on April 4th, 5th, 6th7th, and 8th. Should I try to recite my lines in order?… I think I will:

1st Line Guess: I want to go home!- Wrong   Actual Line: Who cares?

2nd Line Guess: I want to go home, to London- Half Right   Actual Line: I don’t care about windows and doors! I want to go home to London.

3rd Line Guess: I want to go home!- Right!

Okay, so I need some work… but at least I know the basic gist of things!

My feelings are mixed before every show, but this one especially because I have a major role and lots of lines, and it’s professional theatre. I am feeling excited, that I will get to share my voice with everyone and entertain people, but I’m really nervous too. My friends, family, acquaintances, and there friends and family are coming to the show, and it’s scary to perform live theatre, because if you mess up… you can’t go back and do it again, you have to improvise and fix the problem. Most of the time the audience can’t tell when an actor messes up, but sometimes, you freeze up and can’t think of anything to cover for it.

If you have any suggestions for memorizing lines quickly, or getting rid of worries and nerves, please comment!

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#4 How I Became A Pirate

“How I Became a Pirate” is a musical about Jeremy Jacob (Jessica Jacob), finding a band of pirates washed up onto her beach.  The cast includes;

Jeremy or Jessica Jacob, the little boy/girl who the musical is centered around

Captain Braidbeard, the captain of the pirates

Swill, an intellectual pirate who gets blamed for everything that goes wrong

Sharktooth, the meanest pirate in all the seven seas… or so you think until he reveals his soft side

Max, a pirate who thinks a stuffed parrot, is a real one

Seymour Braunschwagger, Captain Braidbeards finest man

Pirate Pierre, a french pirate

Scurvy Dog, a scurvy pirate who is a dog/human mix

“How I Became a Pirate” was one of the three fall musicals at The Culture House. There were two casts for “Willy Wonka Jr.”, one being directed by Lana Jensen, and the other Micah Yantis. “How I Became a Pirate” was directed by Kelley Reitmeier, and the vocal director was Andi Fredrickson.

While I was in “How I Became a Pirate”, I played Sharktooth.  Sharktooth was a special character because of his different personalities.  The whole entire first act of the show was when Sharktooth was a bad pirate… or so everyone thought.  Right before the first act was over, Sharktooth performed his solo number “I’m Really Just a Sensitive Guy” where he explained how he had true, real feelings in life, and wasn’t just a mean pirate.

Playing Sharktooth was a lot of fun!  Rehearsals for the leads were from 5:00- 8-8:30 on Mondays and rehearsals for everyone  were on Fridays from 4:00- 8:00, at The Culture House performing arts.  Rehearsals were jam-packed with learning choreography, songs, blocking, and memorizing lines. There was a dinner break in the middle of every Friday rehearsal.  At the beginning of rehearsals, the cast of “How I Became a Pirate” and “Willy Wonka Jr.” got to eat dinner together, but due to loud talking, running around, and screaming, the casts were split up.

“How I Became a Pirate” and “Willy Wonka Jr.” were performed at YouthFront Auditorium. When you arrived at YouthFront, you have an adrenaline rush like no other.  The green room smells like hairspray and sweat, and there are people everywhere putting stage make up on and waiting for their parents to bring them food.

Here is the song I sang by myself in the show, “I’m Really Just a Sensitive Guy”:

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