Where did the time go?
by Leanna Hicks '16
Well hi there fellow Catawba peeps, it has been a long time since my last post and I know that you all have been sitting next to your computers every hour, minute and second waiting for a new post, so take a deep breath and enjoy this one.
This past week, the run of Charlotte's Web came to a close. It seems like it was only yesterday when I was allowed to have my script in front of me ... ah, good times. Then all of a sudden it was "cue lights, cue sound and places!" I mean seriously people, where did the time go?!
The process leading up to the show was great, but the best part was the overwhelming support that the Catawba faculty and students gave to us by coming to see the show. I'm sure I can speak for EVERY actor when I say that with this energetic show, a great crowd who was engaged the whole time kept our energy high. Laughter at those great comedic times that we have rehearsed like a million times and especially feedback from the children who came to see our show! They were the real critics we had to impress. Oh sure, some of our parents came, but we all know they were going to say "Oh you were great honey! I really enjoyed the show!" While we all appreciate our parents unending support, we really were making it all for the kids.
Luckily, every night we had a few in the house and they reacted just like we hoped they would. I was going into the show thinking that my character was not the main one the children would relate to, that Wilbur or Fern or any of the animals were the characters that would steal the show for the kids and I would relate more to the parents.... I could not have been more wrong.
After our Wednesday night show, all the cast members stood out in the lobby to greet friends, family and children that came to see the show. Turns out a friend on my hall in Woodson brought her six year old sister on her birthday to see the show and she came out and said "Hi Charlotte!" and that felt amazing to have this little girl come out and not only say hi to me, but say hi to Charlotte. I was still Charlotte in her eyes and I stayed in Charlotte mode until she waved goodbye to me. I knew right when she left that I truly did my job and truly connected to Charlotte enough to make a child call my character out by name to say hi.
Moments like those are why I want to do this with my life, why I get up in the morning because when you love what you do and are passionate about what you do, it not only makes your job easier, but it brings an amazing feeling of accomplishment and pride. "So now that Charlotte's Web is over, what are you going to do next Leanna?" Well I'm not going to Disney Land if that's what you're thinking, but I will be involved in the 10-minute scenes put on by the Directing I students ... a theatre student's life never ends but don't worry I'll keep you posted!