When I went to get dinner at Tarble tonight, I ran into one of my friends, who mentioned that he was having a party. I assumed that it was an alternative-to-Sager party, because he said it would just be him “and a few other people”. So after dinner and sitting in my room being worthless, I decided to head over to Parrish. However, it turns out that it was in fact a Sager pre-party, so I left. Far too many people wearing far too little in a room that was far too small.
It’s pretty hard to go out and have fun when the vast majority of your friends are participating in an activity you don’t even want to see, let alone be involved in. ::sigh:: To make matters worse, on my way back from Parrish, I realized that I had left my keys in my other pants. This is a rare mistake on my part; I do it about once a semester.
I didn’t want to go back to my hall, because my RA was currently hosting her 22nd birthday party/Sager pre-party, and I didn’t want to go there. I knew that Emery was busy striking sets in LPAC, so I went over there. I decided to help the cast and crew clean up, since I didn’t really have anything else to do. More interesting than just grabbing his keys and heading back to Wharton, at any rate.
The point is, moving around set pieces and coiling up wires reminded me of at least one aspect of theater that I haven’t experienced in my last 3 years at Swat, after over 7 years of doing plays, musicals, crew work, stage managing, and the like at Breck. Maybe I should have made more of an effort to get involved here. I may not be as good as a lot of the amazing performers here, but I can sing and I can act.
I think a big part of it was the change involved. At Breck, it was the same director (Mr. Hegg) every year, and largely the same group of people in each show. I knew everyone, we all knew what we could and couldn’t do, and it was all very comfortable. Here at Swat it’s just a very different process. Also, I think the time commitment would be a lot more difficult than just 2 hours every day after school. Still, even my short stint working on The Compleat Works of William Shakespeare [abridged] freshman year was pretty fun. Maybe I should try out for something next fall…?
On a more engineering-centric note, the lifting stage in LPAC is soooo cool!!! Hydraulic screws, wheeee!!! Nick go up, Nick go down…