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Posted by Leanna Hicks '16

November 14, 2012

Category: Student Blogs


hicks.jpg"Previously on 'As Catawba Turns,' Leanna had just finished her run of the show Charlotte's Web and didn't know what she was going to do with her nights after all her homework was done, what will she do now?!"

...oh come on, y'all know me well enough by now to know I have to start the blog off with something dramatic. So what am I involved in now you ask? Well calm down, I'll tell you. I am in what is called a 10-minute scene where students in Directing 1, a class Catawba Theatre offers, have to pick a short play, cast it, block it, and well direct it!I was so excited when I saw that I got cast in one because these scenes are the student's final grade for the semester, so a lot is thought into whom they cast because this is a big grade ... no pressure or anything right?

While the rehearsal process isn't as long nor is the play, I couldn't be more excited! Yes I know you're thinking "10 minutes? That's it? That's short why would you want to be in that?"   Hey, lose the negative thoughts, I'm excited! I get to act and be involved in another show directed by a student which is so exciting because not only am I learning something new doing this but so are they.

In my opinion, someone who is truly passionate about theatre means that they are thrilled to be involved in whatever they can in theatre, whether they're performing on stage or even backstage on crew. Every person involved in a show is incredibly important, without the performers we wouldn't have the entertainment, without the crew we wouldn't have lights, sound, scenery, costumes or anything ... sounds like a bad dream right? I used to have the mentality that I only wanted to perform and NOTHING else. Well I got a pretty big wake-up call during my gap year when I wasn't having the best luck when it came to auditioning in my hometown. I got so ... depressed basically by not being involved in a show. I decided to be involved in other aspects of a show which then led me to a job as a dresser and   I absolutely loved it! Not only did it give me more experience to put on my resume but it let people in my theatre community know that I was willing to do anything.

One of the things I love about the Catawba Theatre department is that I learn ALL aspects of the theatre, I become well-rounded so that means when I get out into the scary real world I will have learned how to do other things besides performing. You must be thinking that I have totally gotten off topic ... and maybe I have, but the point I'm trying to make is that while it is only a 10-minute scene, I am thrilled to be a part of it! I'm thrilled to have so many opportunities here and I couldn't be happier!

Next semester is vastly approaching, which means more opportunities for the taking and I'm going to try and grab them so don't worry I'll keep you posted!