You There, In The Dark.

Nov 5, 2011 by

For any actor, a performance is a divine experience. It is the closest we can get to a philosophical heaven. It is transcendence and it allows imagination to soar high, without limits. It is when the lights go up onstage and you stand in the middle and you know — you feel — that hundreds and hundreds of people are looking at you. Faceless stares. Murmurs coming from the darkness. Occasional coughs. And then the applause.

The applause.

After two months of doing Gleeorious, wonderful memories on- and offstage have been made among my colleagues in theater. Memories that will forever serve as a bond among us — for the good times and the bad. Theater has always been an instant maker for a new family. The synergy of our art, the collaboration, the camaraderie, the comforting that are shared, all these create a sense of oneness in all of us. It is beautiful. That’s why for those whose first time it is to be in theater, they get bitten by the so-called theater bug. This bug, when it bites, leaves a long-lasting mark that makes one crave for more. It is a potent addictive bug and it is very hard to resist.

Gleeorious have changed me in so many ways. So have my colleagues. There were days when everything goes wrong: wrong cues, technical lapses, musical mishaps, among others. It has depressed us because we know our audience did not deserve it. But out of the ashes, one must arise. Then the motivation to do better becomes our prime calling. There are days when we perform to a very warm audience. The kind that are generous with their applause. And cheers. There are days when we get a cold group. They do not react, they do not applaud. But whence the show ends and they are given 15 minutes to pose with the performers, they run to the stage and pick their personal favorites for photo ops. Facebook documentation is a matter of life and death.

These are some of the things that make an actor’s life exciting. Among us, we have our own cliques backstage. We hang out with those whom we feel good with. But since we are only a handful, we are pretty much a solid group. We go out to dinners together, we do karaoke together, we hang out at Starbucks together. It’s a happy family of artists who laughs heartily most of the time.

We have a few more shows left and as early as now, we are already dreading the thought of parting ways and leaving Colegio de San Jose Auditorium. It has been our home on Saturdays for three months and it’s very hard to imagine that our Saturdays will not start with a morning jog around the auditorium, the routine vocalization, the catching-up-chismis, the putting on of the lapel microphones and make up, etc. Life would not be the same. But then, all good things do come to an end. And it’s not yet the end. We still have shows until December 10, so if you haven’t seen it yet, it’s about time you do.

We may be ending the show soon, but lives have been changed for the good. All we carry with us as we walk away and move on with our individual lives would be our pictures, our memories, what we have learned, and all the echoing applause that you have given us — coming from you, out there. In the dark.

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