Drama in the Theatre, but It's Worth It

05.21.2011

All of the rehearsing has finally paid off—the UD Children’s Theatre production of Princess and the Pea opened this past Wednesday! We’ve spent about four weeks preparing for the show, rehearsing multiple hours per day, readying ourselves for a show that, because it’s for kids, requires a lot of energy.

We were all a little anxious prior to the curtain rising for that 10 a.m. performance on Wednesday because we had had an epic adventure to actually ensure that we would go on. Upon arriving at the theatre around 9 a.m. we found all of our costumes missing. Yes. Our costumes. Were. GONE. Cue mass panic. We rushed around trying to figure out what to do, and our student costumer Hannah and stage manager Emily made this show a true rags-to-riches tale by being our fairy godmothers and re-costuming the entire show, except one character whose costume was luckily in a heap on the floor, in under 20 minutes. We eventually figured out that our head costumer was holding the costumes out of spite (after this episode he is no longer affiliated with the university), but Hannah and Emily saved the day, so it didnÂ’t even matter.

Adrenaline raced through all of us as we waited for the first music cue and the curtain to rise, trying to push aside our anger at the situation in order to put on a good show. And then something amazing happened, at least for me it did. Alex walked on stage to welcome the audience and as soon as I heard their little voices respond and laugh I couldnÂ’t help but smile. That was all the reassurance I needed that the events of the morning would not hinder any of our performances, because the kids were and are the sole reason we were even on stage at all. All that mattered was putting on a great show for them and making them happy, regardless of whatever else was happening offstage.

YesterdayÂ’s final performance was especially rewarding because we traveled to the Gorman School in Dayton, a facility for children with disabilities. Seeing their faces light up at something as simple as a song made everything completely worth it.

After every show the cast stands outside the auditorium to greet the audience and itÂ’s amazing how much a high-five or a hug or a compliment from a child truly means. We still have three days, six shows in all, left and although IÂ’m completely exhausted at the end of every day, performing in the ChildrenÂ’s show is one of the coolest experiences IÂ’ve ever had.