Rehearsal Roller Coaster

The rehearsal process for a play or musical is like a roller coaster. There are days when you go home feeling like you should just be handed your Tony Award now. And there are some days when you go home feeling as though you never want to set foot on stage ever again. But every single rehearsal, good and bad, are pushing for that one thing- opening night.

As a performer, there’s no better feeling then when you step onto a stage, feel the lights shining down on you, and feel the audience’s eyes on you, open and waiting. It can be terrifying, yeah. The feeling that you might forget every word you’re supposed to say, the prospect of falling flat on your face and having the audience laugh at your misfortune.

When I step onto a stage, there’s always initial butterflies as the into music plays or the lines before my cue are said. But I take two steps out of the wings and everything melts away. Kate leaves, and I become the character I’m playing. All of the stress of being a high school senior fades into the background, the lines and movements taking the place of worrying about college applications.

At the end of the day, every rehearsal is worth it, because the feeling I get onstage isn’t something I can get any other place.

Come and see WHS’s fall play, The Skin of our Teeth, November 4 and 5 at 7:30, and November 6 at 2.