Curtains: My Time as "Director"
King, Stephen C.
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For four years I have learned how to think, process, and react to information in a coherent, logical way. My training as an English major has taught me how to look beneath the surface, execute an argument, and speak off the cuff. As a theatre major I have learned how to respond to people, go with the flow, and think on my feet. So when it came to my SIP, I found myself dropping a lot of the factual knowledge that I had learned and relying on the skills I had been taught. In many ways I followed the philosophy of the Ninja, I relied on what I had, not what I could have had. Outside of my personal skills, what I had to work with was a fledgling cast, crew, and stage manager. They all had a certain level of experience, but nothing that could be consider 'extraordinary,' they were simply there, nervous, and ready to work. Besides this 'raw material' and what has been deemed by faculty members as a 'raw script,' we had a six hundred dollar budget-not enough to buy professional help, maybe just enough for some costumes, props, and a couch. Perhaps I am being a little dramatic, but this was the feeling that a lot of us approached the show with-there was apprehension and an 'am I good enough to pull this off'' attitude. We described our apprehension through the comedy of the show; we were all unsure of how to 'do' comedy, but we were really unsure of how we would do this comedy together.