The Quote of the Day that inspired my A to Z Blogging Challenge theme –
A Word for the Day that takes on many meanings.
Quote of the Day: A writer lives in awe of words for they can be cruel or kind, and they can change their meanings right in front of you. They pick up flavors and odors like butter in a refrigerator. John Steinbeck
Word of the Day: Understudy
An understudy in performing arts is someone who studies, or learns, a role so they can replace someone who might not be able to perform. This happens more in professional theatres, not so much in community theatres. I did not plan for an understudy, but life has a way of making our plans for us. Kate, who played Micki, had a conflict with a performance. Her choir director had a last minute add-on mandatory workshop the same night as one of our performances. Before I had a chance to panic, she had asked her younger sister Ashley to fill in.
I asked Ashley if she wore her own clothes or if she used Kate’s. She used Kate’s and said that was all cool, now, but there was a time when they would have killed each other for wearing each other’s clothes.
Ashley, you are a beautiful, talented young woman. Thank you for lending your talents to Coffee Shop Confessions.
Her mom and sister said that she’s been interested in trying drama, but we have almost no opportunities for young people in our community for theatre. I know! I’m embarrassed to even confess it. I do have a calling to start some theatre programs for young people. It’s time to get something started. Anyone want to help?
Go. Create. Inspire!
Journaling Prompt: Have you ever been an understudy, or fill in, for someone at the last minute? Do you feel a calling to start something in the arts in your community?
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For a long time I wanted to be an actor but I could never learn my lines. I was terrible at it! So there was no chance I could perform as a last minute fill-in unless the lines were adlib. lol.
A wonderful account of what an understudy is, I enjoyed the read.
words can do a hell of a job..they can inspire to you live in even sheer difficulties or despair you to die even in pleasant situations.
So interesting! I was called to fill in for the main actress in high school (I worked stage crew). I hated every minute of it AND I had to kiss Howard Beatman, which was not what I wanted to do in high school. Thanks for bringing back memories!!!
Great story. And what A God-send that Ashley not only remembered the lines but added a new dimension.
I’ve never done any acting or worked in theater but I’ve always thought it would be nerve-wracking to be an understudy and never known when you’d be called to fill in. Enjoyed reading this story, kudos to Ashley.
Being an understudy must be difficult because you want to perform but you don’t want anything bad to happen to the star. Are you watching “Smash?” There is a character who is ruthless about getting what she wants.
A very good story demonstrating the importance of an understudy. I am sure you have already heard this a million times, but I am new to your blog and it jumped off the page and right in to my adorable file (Mary, Kate and Ashley).
I am a new follower from the challenge. I like your blog and will visit more after the challenge.
It sounds like that all worked out really well. I always feel the call to start something in the arts in my community. Wish I was there to help you.
I’m always an understudy of someone or life in general. I’m a sponge always seeking to learn at least one new thing every day.
Don’t you just love how challenges for one, lead an opportunity for someone else? What a blessing you are to the local arts community. I wished I lived closer as it would be such a fun adventure to partner with you!
What a wonderful experience for Ashley — and what a relief that must have been for you!z
I’ve never been a theatrical understudy, but I have filled in for our church minister at the last moment (well, I got the call the day before, but still…) Does that count?
It would take talent and an incredible memory to fill in as quickly as Ashley did. Brava to her!
Understudy is often used derogatorily to mean second-best, but I think it’s an honor to be an understudy.
You should start a dinner theater in your town and host one or two productions a year.
That worked out pretty well. Good luck on getting that theatre programme going.
How wonderful Kate’s sister filled in! Now that was meant to be.
I love this account of an understudy, Mary. And I definitely love the picture. Three beautiful females!
I’m just glad the sister was able to do the deed. I fancied myself an actor at one time. Problem was, no one else did. 🙂
Lovely post, and a great quote to begin it with.
What a wonderful thing for one sister to do for another.
I would love to help – unfortunately, I am thousands of miles away… on a different continent… *sad face*