Last night, Nov. 28, was the opening night for The Bourgeois Pig. And, after a somewhat stressful final dress rehearsal that left me feeling drained, worried, and stressed, somehow all the fun and energy – and even some new things – made it onto the stage last night. I’m pleased with the outcome of last night’s show, and from what I’m hearing, so was the audience!
Now, let me backtrack: I shouldn’t say “somehow” all of those things came together, because I know how all of it came to fruition. For 200-plus hours over the last three months, the cast, crew, and playwright put in amazing work! For the last twelve weeks, we’ve been striving to see this show, under the wonderful direction of Beth Schachter, and the pen of Brighde Mullins, come alive in the best way possible. That’s better than saying “somehow,” right? I DO know how the extreme work we put out tonight came to life – through the collaborative efforts of students, staff, newcomers, veterans, and overall, people who love what they do!
I love what I do, too – and I can only describe my feelings about tonight by telling you what happened to me during the opening scene of the play. I was on stage, acting, speaking, saying my lines, and suddenly I got carried away with the lines like I never had before, and I realized that I was excited. I was excited by the audience, the lights, the actors onstage with me, the writer in the audience, the director watching her vision, and I was excited to be making my debut on stage, my first semester of my first year here at Muhlenberg College!
I am truly fortunate for this opportunity, and I anticipate the five-day run of The Bourgeois Pig to be a gorgeous one! To all the people involved: You ROCK! To all the people who came tonight: You ROCK! To all the people who intend to come: You ROCK! And to everyone striving to be greater each day, which is what I strive for not only as an actor, but as an individual person as well: “We need to go out there and get what’s ours!” (Shout-out to my floor-mate and friend, Jon, for the awesome words.)
So, on a final note I just want to say thank you. It’s not said enough – not nearly enough. So, I’m saying this now to the Muhlenberg community, my teachers, my mentors, my friends, my loved ones: thank you for allowing me to grow, become, and be who I am in your presence! So, if you see the show, let me know what you think, ok? Cheers to a fantastic run!
Here’s a shot of me (left) and two other members of the chorus portraying paparazzi in The Bourgeois Pig: