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A Student’s Reflection on Performing for the First Time

This past weekend of April 12th, 13th and the 14th was Wilmington Colleges play production of Early Dark. Directed by Wynn Alexander, based on the book “A Long and Happy Life” by Reynolds Price, the cast and crew of Early Dark did a fantastic job preforming the difficult and demanding roles in which they were placed in.

I was lucky enough to be cast in the role of Wesley Beavers, the love interest of Rosacoke Mustian, played by the incomparable Keni Brown. This was my first theater experience. Of course, in High School I took a lot of theater classes, but I had never been brave enough to audition or even help back stage. It had always been a dream to be an actor and even later a directEor in some fashion and somehow, I was chosen for one of the male leading roles of Early Dark.

My first experience with Wilmington Colleges theater was incredible. I adored the entire cast and have made some excellent friends while acting on stage. Wynn was an incredible director, giving the necessary information and acting tips to everyone who asked or who was struggling.

My best experience with this play was getting to know myself more and what limits could be tested. Like I said earlier, this is my first experience on stage, save for a few years of drama camp and drama club in middle school. The entire cast was exceptional at what they did. And because my parts were only interacting with Keni Brown’s character, she became such a huge support system for finding the character I had to become.

It’s really funny how the top three things people would say to me after the show were, “Wow you can sing AND act?” as well as “I loved your character” or “I hated your character”. The second response always surprised me, but that happened a lot with older women. They couldn’t stand Rosa because she was so wishy washy in her decisions. The younger women would come up to me and tell me they hated my character but that I did a good job of representing him.

This was an experience unlike any other and I would absolutely love to do it again. You can bet I’ll be auditioning for future productions at Wilmington College Theater.

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