By Shannon Wilson | February 25, 2014 | Leave a Comment
“The Roses of Eyam,” the play I was in last spring
Acting is one of my passions! I was extremely self-conscious and introverted until high school. My high school had a program where students would be guaranteed a spot in an arts class every year. We could pick a “major,” and I chose theatre. Theatre has helped me become the person I am today. While I didn’t want to major in theatre in college, I still hoped I could be involved in some way.
Since Campbell is a liberal arts school, we get to take a class in the arts. I immediately chose Intro to Theatre. My professor intimidated me at first, but after my second class period, I loved him! Professor Wallace was so passionate about the class, and he made it fun. The second week of class, Professor Wallace invited us to audition for the spring play he was directing. Something inside of me sparked! I wanted to audition, but I was nervous. After all, I would be auditioning for a role alongside of theatre majors. I spoke with him after class, and he informed me about the audition process and assured me there was nothing to worry about. I went back to my dorm, prepared a monologue for the audition, and decided to take the risk.
When I walked into the theatre, I had a sense of peace come over me. I had four years of audition and performance experience from high school and figured it would not be a whole lot different. I went in, performed, and waited to hear back. I got a callback! It was my second callback in my life. My first was my senior year for the Wicked Witch in “The Wizard of Oz.”
Callbacks were an amazing experience. It was neat to work with people who I didn’t know well instead of classmates I had been with for years. The callbacks were almost magical- the lights beating down on my skin in an otherwise dim theatre. Lines were exchanged, and people were rotated. Then the waiting process began again.
After a few days, I saw the cast sheet and I got a role! I was ecstatic. I even got a role with lines – not just a chorus part! I immediately called my mom and my aunt. My aunt was my acting teacher junior and senior years of high school, so I had to share the news with her.
Over the next few months, we rehearsed. And rehearsed. And rehearsed. I made friends with people I never would have known otherwise. The late nights and odd rehearsal hours were worth everything on opening night. The energy you get from a live performance can’t be replicated. I strongly encourage anyone who might have the slightest interest in theatre to take the chance and audition for a show. That’s the unique thing about Campbell, you don’t have to be a theatre major or have experience to audition. College is the perfect time to try new things. You might just find your calling!