Rehearsals of The Dixie Swim Club are in full swing! Since I first landed the part, I’m having a blast and have learned lots about life on stage from Lisa, our director and Debbie, our stage manager.
- Don’t turn your back to the audience.
- Don’t stroll or meander across the stage. Every move is deliberate.
- Don’t block another actor.
- Don’t cover your face.
I realized these lessons can apply to life off stage, too.
- Don’t hide yourself away.
- Live with intention.
- Value others.
- Practice boldness.
I’m working hard at memorizing my lines. Starting January 5, we may NOT bring our scripts to rehearsal. It’s been a great exercise for this menopausal brain.
And I’m doing my best to inhabit my character, to become Jeri Neal McFeeley, ex-nun. Now out of the convent, she makes some bold choices.
In one scene, Jeri Neal models a low-cut, short, pink dress. Her friends declare the dress much too young for her, announcing that Jeri Neal looks like “a hooker with a handbag.” (She carries a designer purse).
I sure hope I can become as bold as Jeri Neal.
Because if I step on stage in that short pink dress and freak, I’m NOT allowed to turn my back.
Top Photo: The cast of the Dixie Swim Club right before we climbed into our decorated truck for the Hillsborough Christmas Parade.