"When opportunity knocks, don't let fear hold you back. Open the door and embrace the opportunity that has come forth." - Anonymous
As a freshman at Lycoming College, I have had so many new opportunities to take advantage of. I still cannot believe how many emails and notifications I get every day letting me know about all of the activities going on around campus. There are so many choices.
A few weeks ago I took advantage of one of those opportunities. When the semester began, I received an email saying that the Theatre Department was holding auditions for the Spring production. Anyone in the whole school can audition. You don’t have to be a Theater major or minor, and you don’t have to have any kind of experience. You can just make an appointment and audition. I did just that and had a lot of fun doing so. The play is called The 39 Steps and it is a comedy. This meant that the audition monologues had to be as comedic as possible. I found one that I really liked and I felt prepared for the audition. Of course I was extremely nervous, but that is a part of acting. The nerves keep you aware of what you are doing.
I guess my audition went well because I got a call back. This is when the director wants to see what else you can do and see your relationship with other performers. The callbacks were a lot of fun. We had to do improvisation and really work together as a team which is another huge part of acting.
I ended up getting cast in the show and I am really excited to start the rehearsal process! I am going to be playing fourteen characters so I’ll be pretty busy for the next few months. This show involves lots of movement, different accents and agility. The cast is only four people and there are over 150 characters, so as you can imagine we will have a lot of work to do. I am really excited to be a part of this show and experience the entire rehearsal process.
The Music Department has similar programs. If you like to sing, there are Choir clubs and classes any student can be a part of regardless of experience. There are lessons available for any instrument you can imagine. I am currently taking piano lessons. We have recitals at school and other venues in the community, and these are great opportunities to learn something new and to showcase your talents.
The opportunities to be a part of something are endless.
Don’t be afraid. Get involved. It has helped me feel part of the Lycoming community.
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