I was in band in 5th grade. I played saxophone. I ended up quitting when it started interfering with school work (I wasn't too good anyway).
However, my crappy saxomophone playing isn't why I'm here.
In 8th grade I was forced to take Drama for a quarter as a graduation requirement. Since it was around Christmas, the class did a Christmas play. I was a waiter, but ended up getting food poisoning the day of the performance (that may be ironic depending on how you look at it). I don't know what they did to replace me.
In 9th grade I took Drama as an elective (not like I had much of a choice, there really weren't many options). This time I got a role as one of the beans in Jack and the Beanstalk. However, opening day happened to be the day my latent Epilepsy decided to strike, leaving me hospitalized for the entirety of the show's run. Luckily, the Bean roles were split between 2 people each (3 for the first two shows, 3 for the other two), so they had a backup.
In 10th grade I took Advanced Drama (again, not many choices for electives, but I liked it anyway). This class was basically only for people who actually liked acting and we all got to know each other really well. This year there were 3 plays.
- I got a small, but important role in the 1st one. Now was the moment of truth, what would keep me from performing this time? Luckily nothing happened and I finally made my acting debut. And I finally learned I didn't get stage freight.
- Alice In Wonderland: The class was filled with stoners and Cloudcuckoolanders, so this was a natural choice for us (though, most of us wanted to be the Caterpillar). I was the Frog Footman, another bit part. The make-up was a pain in the ass to clean off after the show and gave my skin a subtle green hue for several days after. Also, it gave me a nosebleed one time, but it stopped before I went on (so I didn't have a tissue in my right nostril while on-stage).
- I got a technical job for the 3rd play since our sound guy got a major part and obviously couldn't do his job while on-stage. However, I did get a small walk-on appearance in the last performance since the director figured the restaurant scene needed some patrons to liven the place up.
In 11th grade I decided to join the newly created Technical Theatre class. I would've also retaken Advanced Drama (which you could take as many times as you wanted and could still get credit for it), but I completely failed Biology the previous year and had to retake it. Building sets and props was fun though. I also got to go to INTAF (a theatre arts festival), which was fun.
I went to college the next year (long story), where I began majoring in Theatre. But by the next year I switched my major to Psychology. I still like acting, but I think Psychology will actually go somewhere.
I also play guitar (a bit better than the sax) and can sing.
edited 16th Oct '12 10:13:58 PM by Malph
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