Saturday, April 3, 2010

There was a man / Dwelt by a churchyard

I just finished a production of The Winter's Tale, and I played Mopsa (among other roles, including the young prince Mamillious), which is funny to exactly 2 people: me and Annie Hurst Howington.

I'll try to explain why (but, be warned, like most inside jokes, it probably won't be funny):

In college, we did this play, and I was cast as a gentlewoman/messenger/party-goer. Annie was the stage-manager/assistant director (either one, or maybe both).

Annie and I were just becoming pals, and one day, the girls who played Mopsa and Dorcas were gone, so Annie and I filled in. M & D are country gals, and none too bright. They're possibly literature's first frenemies, and hilarious. Annie and I had a great time, and decided we'd like the parts permanently. So, we halfheartedly plotted to take out Carey and Angie (who were actually playing the parts).

See, not that funny.

This production reminded me how important this play is to me. The production we did in college, while not my first at BYU-I, was the one where I started to feel at home. My friendship with Annie was solidified as we stood backstage, waiting for Annie to light the candle in Time's staff, or waiting for a monologue that felt like it was neeeeeeeeeeever going to begin.

This production is also where I got to know Nate and Brady, where Amy and Trevor Hill first met and made lovey-eyes at each other (at first just acting, and then for reals), and where I got to know Omar as a director and a pal.

Doing the play for a 2nd time was a bitter-sweet experience.

It was strange hearing other people do lines I remember so well; like wearing an old sweater, and trying to remember how it used to feel comfortable.

But, we adapt, right?, and the cast here was fun, and I got to work with some really fun, giving actors.

Sarah, who played Dorcas to my Mopsa, was 5'10 if an inch, and the scene where she and I square off for the love of the Clown was like a nightly audition for us to play Hermia and Helena. That scene was the highlight of each performance.

It's over now, and like any good production, I questioned why I was doing it every moment I wasn't onstage, and then, when it ended, I was sad to say goodbye.

This is Ross and Sarah, who played Dion and Cleomenes, who, all throughout the play, are joined at the hip. We named them, in honor or their plot changing trip to Delphi, The Delphic Duo.

Again, not that funny.

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