I know she was only being kind but at that moment she became my new best friend in the world!!!
From there, we went down the hall to another room where we were all asked to wait outside. This is where we were going to do the reading part. I was pretty sure that I would be able to do this well.
Well, everyone went in one-by-one and came back out a few minutes later. Most of them had smiles on their faces and seemed to think that they’d done well. Each was told that they were free to go and that they would be called if their talents were needed. The crowd began to thin.
It really began to thin! People who had numbers that were higher than mine were called in before me. So as I’m standing in the hall, I begin to imagine that they’re going to call me in last so that they could let me down easy.
“Robert, have you ever thought about doing back stage work? Possibly you could raise and lower the curtain. Maybe, that would be more fitting for your career in theatre. We really want to thank you for coming down here and auditioning with us. The door is over there.”
I’m imagining the worst possible scenario. Why do we do that, anyway?
They finally called me in. There were two ladies behind a table watching two young men reading lines together. They were really good. You could tell that they’d done this many times before.
When they finished, I read my lines. The ladies smiled at me and told me I had done well. They obviously saw that I was nervous so they were very sweet to me.
Then they told me that I should hear something in a day or so!
As I walked out the door of the Civic Center into the cold, rainy night, I had a big smile on my face. As a matter of fact, on the way home, I started laughing and pounding the steering wheel with joy.
I’d done something that I had wanted to do for over 30 years!!! But I’d been too worried about what people would think.
“Do the thing you fear, and the death of fear is certain!”
A couple of days later, I got the call. My name now is Rudolph, and I am the headwaiter of the Harmonia Gardens Restaurant in the musical, Hello Dolly!!!!!!!!!!!!! It’s not a big part, but I do have some lines and will get to sing and dance!
We have been rehearsing now for about a month, and the production will take place July 11-14 at 7:30 p.m. each night! I want to invite you to come see it!!! You can find details by clicking on this website: Gainesville Community Theatre. Might as well support the local arts and at the same time get a good laugh too!
I’m absolutely having a ball learning my lines, learning the songs, and learning the dance steps. I’m definitely out of my comfort zone, but am walking around with a big smile on my face. Life is FUN!
So my question for you is this:
What’s on your bucket list? What have you always wanted to try, but for whatever reason you held yourself back?
You only live life once . . .
GO FOR IT!!!