Hello, lovely readers! As you read in my last post, this blog is going to become an acting centered blog, which I am honestly so excited for. (If you haven’t seen that post and want an explanation, click HERE). I have so many ideas, all of which I just can’t wait to share with you. I think I might have enough ideas to last me a year! My very first idea is the post you are about to read. I figured that before I share any knowledge, you should know more about my acting journey so far. (And let’s be honest, I also wanted an excuse to dig through my cache of pictures and videos from shows, rehearsals, and auditions… ah, the theatre kid’s nostalgia.)
Before I start, you should know that I am not, by any means, a professional actor. I am working hard to become one, and I have studied for hours on end to learn eveything possible. But there is still much for me to learn. I will share with you everything I know now, and in the future, I will share the new things I learn. Which means we get to learn together!
Now, let’s move on.
My voice teacher says that the best actors are born with the love of acting, a sentiment that I love. She also says I am one of those born with that love, which is probably the best compliment I’ve ever received. And for a while, I wasn’t sure if she was right.
But now, thinking back, I think she is. Because there has always been something in me that has drawn me to the art of theatre. Just about as soon as I could talk, I was singing. Little me loved to make up nonsense songs and I sung them without a hint of embarassament. I was also a dramatic child. I loved (and still do) reciting poetry with all the energy I could muster. And Shakespeare. Oh, how I loved Shakespeare, and that love has grown.
So, here’s the thing. I had never been good at any activity my parents enrolled me it. Ballet? Nope. Gymnastics? Uh uh. Sports? Oh gracious, no. So sometime around the time I was nine, they said “time for something new”. That something new was a musical theatre class at a studio in the mall. I LOVED it. Unfortunately, that studio went bankrupt, so…. there went that. Or so we thought.
While reading a parenting magazine, 10 year old me discovered an ad for a twenty dollar acting class at the local recreational. Bonus: it was a homeschool acting class. I enrolled happily.
My first ever show! I was the mama duck in the Ugly Duckling, and when I stepped out onto that stage, I wanted to experience that rush of exiliration again and again.
That’s me. For some reason, I look terrified in that picture, which you probably can’t see because I blurred part of my face for obvious privacy reasons. (But Chloë, you say. Don’t you want to be a famous actress? Won’t you have to show your face at some point? you ask. Yes, I do. And yes, I will. But if some creep comes and abducts me, I will never fulfill that dream, so better safe that sorry.)
2015 to 2017
I stay at the acting class at the recreation center, during which I play Little Red Riding Hood in Little Red Riding Hood and the mother in Hansel and Gretel. We also do two variety shows with skits like “Who’s on First”. My favorite of those are two skits about a really terrible restaurant.
As you can see from only the first page, said restaurant is violating a lot of health codes. And their customer service is terrible, too. Would not recommend.
While reading another parenting magazine, I stumble across an ad for another theatre, a more professional one. And so I switch over there. I take their musical theatre class and production class, and in November 2017, I play Tessie and Drake (yes, the butler, we didn’t have a single boy) in Annie Jr.
(Not sure why that picture is a different size than the others….)
I continue with my musical theatre class and audition for an ensemble role in a local college production of the Wizard of Oz. (Actually, I think auditions for that were December 2017, and the show was in March…)
(Gracious, these pictures are getting fuzzy. Apologies. I transferred them across three different devices.)
Fall 2018 was CRAZY. I start taking voice lessons from a professor at the college that did The Wizard of Oz (I’m still with her, and she’s helped me SO much), and she gets me a role as a villager and dancer in the opera Amahl and the Night Visitors. I also join my theatre’s production class of Peter Pan Jr., and get cast as Mrs. Darling and a pirate. Peter Pan is put on in November.
And then, I find out my theatre is putting on a production of Little Women. I audition, and miracle of miracles, am cast as Amy March. (I’m still sorta shocked, even after all this time.)
Amahl performances! And seven glorious runs of Little Women with three standing ovations. Later, I find out that we won three Broadway World awards in our state’s non-equity play categories: Best Play, Best Ensemble, and Best Director. (Fun fact: the Broadway tour of Hamilton won Best Equity Musical.)
(Recognizable faces blurred for my fellow cast member’s privacy)
This time, my theatre’s production class is The Lion King Jr., in which I play Zazu. Fun fact: opening night was the day I saw Endgame and I was still red eyed from crying when I got to the theatre…. thank goodness for stage makeup!
Due to some issues with my old theatre, I leave and join one of the two theatres I’m currently with. I’m cast as Agent 99 in Get Smart and start to seriously think about pursuing a real career in acting, and start to research that.
Get Smart performances! Unfortunately, I get very sick the week before the show and thus don’t enjoy it as much as I could have. Guys, it’s absolute torture to play a main role in high heels when you would still like to be in bed.
Get Smart was my first show being micced. I find out I would rather just project and not wear a mic at all. It was also my first show wearing a wig.
Notice the spilled fortune cookies. That was not scripted and, after awkwardly trying to pick them up, my scene partner and I decide it’s not worth picking the rest up.
I’m cast as Anne Boleyn in the musical Night at the Wax Museum. However. We all know what happened in March, and we resume in person rehearsals in May.
We finally get to perform Night at the Wax Museum! We have a problem with the mics, and I’m deemed one of the three people that projects well enough onstage to not wear a mic for any of the shows, which is a great step for me, because I’m usually known as the quietest person in the cast, at least offstage.
I’m cast as Felicity (one of Lady Marian’s ladies in waiting) and a Fahrenheit (basically a girl band singer) in the musical Hood. Performances are in January, and I’m hoping to be able to post all about that, depending on how interesting it turns out to be.
In September, I also found out about another theatre, which was putting on a different version of Little Women. Naturally, I had to audition, but I didn’t expect to get cast since I had never worked with that theatre before.
I got cast as Jo March, with double the lines of any role I had played previously, and only one scene was that I wasn’t in (out of approximately 26 scenes).
It was, without a doubt, the best and most challenging role I’ve done so far. I cried at rehearsal many times, and it was definitely emotionally draining. In case you don’t know, Jo goes from a rambunctious teenager to a young woman over the course of many hardships, and I got to portray that. It was amazing.
Little Women performances! All three of my performances went really well, and I wish I could relive them over and over again. I wasn’t in the fourth performance, as that was an understudy show.
I take an acting workshop from the theatre that put on Little Women. (That theatre is called STAGE, and I’ll refer to it by name, since I’m now working with two theatres.) I also sign up for STAGE’s acting class, which starts in January, and in March, I’ll be auditioning for their production of The Prince and the Pauper.
So there you have it! My acting journey in full, up until now.
What will I be doing in the future? I will keep auditioning for shows and taking acting classes. And in 2024, I’m hoping to attend Sight and Sound Conservatory in Lancaster, PA. To do that, I will have to work full time for two years. I’ll be graduating in 2022, so I’ll be taking two gap years to work and earn enough money. And of course, I’ll have to apply and audition to get a spot.
Well, I hope this post wasn’t too boring for you! Thanks for reading!
For my fellow actors, what was the first role you ever did? For those who’ve never been in a show, would you ever want to be in one?