Having a seven-year-old onstage and in the dressing rooms is a great learning opportunity. For us, I mean.
Yep, the grown-up (or aspiring to be grown-up) cast of A Stardust Homecoming is learning and re-learning some great practical lessons we may have forgotten as we “wised up.”
- Be positive and tell people what you like about this project.
- Be curious and ask a lot questions.
- Don’t let anyone say bad things about others,
and especially not about themselves.
- If you’re bored, find something quiet to do.
- Bring snacks and eat when you’re hungry.
- Sing along.
And of course, yes, there are plentiful opportunities for us “seasoned actors” to offer our own expertise and grown-up wisdom.
This last weekend, in fact–with two cast-members taken waaaay down by food poisoning–it seemed an especially good opportunity to give our youngest cast member some solid advice about “Things we Learn in Theatre.”
- You will forget your lines sometime and so will the other people on stage.
- Someone you’re really counting on will get sick sometime,
like no-really-I need-to-hold-this-trash-can sick.
- You don’t always have understudies… hardly ever in fact.
- There will be a Plan B. It may emerge as you go, but it will be there.
And finally, The Most Important Thing to know about being on stage:
- We will take care of each other. No one will leave you hanging.
We are all in this together and we will take care of you.