"For the Holidays You Can't Beat Home Sweet Home!"
by Leanna Hicks '16
Well I'm sure the title of this blog post gives it away, but I'll say it anyway ... man, am I happy to be home for the holidays! Don't get me wrong, I LOVE Catawba and have come to find that I miss school... I know right, you miss school? ...but after working so hard this semester and especially those exams, I feel that I and the rest of you lovely folks have been counting down the minutes and seconds until the beautiful, month-long holiday break! Sleeping in until the late hours of the afternoon, relaxing in the living room watching your favorite movies, hanging out with friends you feel like you haven't seen in what feels like FOREVER, what could be more amazing than that for a break?
"Well Leanna, how has your break been?" Oh my goodness, you are so sweet to ask and it has been amazing! Not only have I been able to hang out with my family who I have missed very much, but I had the opportunity to see one of my all-time favorite plays, Death of a Salesman. My mother decided to be totally awesome and buy us tickets and of course I was THRILLED! Now did you really think I wasn't going to talk about something to do with theatre? No you didn't think that, we know each other pretty well by now. Where was I? Oh yeah, theatre stuff! This play was absolutely incredible and it left me leaving the theater wanting to experience it all over again. I was so happy to also have friends involved in this production; they all did an amazing job! I feel like the word 'amazing' doesn't do the show justice but that's the only word I can think of to sum it up.
Seeing shows that leave that large of an impression on audience members makes this line of work worth it. This play is definitely on my "I must be in this show one day!" list and I can only hope that I can bring the audience to understand what this show really means. In my opinion, that's what every actor strives for. That's when they know they did their job. When on stage giving a monologue and you feel the silence in the room and you can feel you have the audience's full attention that you could hear a pin drop, that's when you know you have done your job as an actor. There were so many moments in this show that the audience was holding their breath in anticipation of what was to happen next. I had seen this play before and I felt the anticipation. I could go on and on about this play and the world of theatre, but I think you have heard enough.
Being a theatre student I feel it is important to get out there and see as many shows and movies and whatever else I can see to enhance my craft and take notice of how professional actors and actresses get the job done. I'm so excited to see what my spring semester has in store for me when I get back and don't worry I'll keep you posted!