SAC Theatre Arts

You know those moments where there is something you’ve been wanting to tell someone, but you’re too afraid of the consequences? Have you ever had those moments where you read a book, a magazine, a blog, and you suddenly realize you’re not alone? That someone believes in the same things that you do?

Theatre is that for me. It’s the one place I feel safe from judgement. A place where I can be vulnerable, yet accepted. Be listened to, not interrupted. A place where I have my own voice, not one that is drowned out by society.

But what brought me to feeling like this, was actually being an audience member during my first musical I ever saw 10 years ago–Rent. I remember it vividly. The lights, the songs, the sounds of laughter, tears rolling down peoples faces, and finally, the pure adrenaline that hit me during curtain call. The way the audience was moved struck me in such a passionate way; It opened my eyes to how much theatre can affect people.

As I’ve grown older, and have added to the long list of shows I’ve seen, as well as becoming an actress, I’ve realized now that the give and take between the audience and the actors is the main reason why theatre is so beautiful.

But the most beautiful part, is that for two hours, an actor can be on stage, and say things that he or she is too afraid to say in public; things that are dark, sadistic, mushy love stuff, or absolute euphoric joy and the audience can relate, engage, laugh, cry, and ultimately, forget about their problems, or reach in deep within themselves and discover the root of their problems.

It’s not always just what the audience feels. The give and take, what the audience is getting from actors and vice versa, is what makes eachSAC Theatre Arts performance unique. An actor can say a joke, or a funny line, and some nights, get howling laughter. Other nights, it can be dead silent. One night, the audience can be in tears over a dramatic scene, or other nights they can laugh awkwardly.  This phenomenon, in one way, gives the actor the task of finding new ways to bring the audience to life, or think. Sometimes what the actor is saying on stage is something that you may not want to hear. Or it may be something that society NEEDS to hear. One of my monologues from Big Love reads:

“There could be a world where people care for one another… Where we learn to live together in common justice, reconciling our differences in peaceful conversation, reaching out for goodwill towards one another, not trying to obliterate those who are not as we are, but learning to understand, learning to take deep pleasure in the enormous variety of creatures.”

But isn’t that wonderful? Each audience can interpret the show differently. We can all voice our opinions in our own way, whether we’re on stage or sitting in the audience and everyone accepts it, because most of the time, in society today, we are too afraid to say what we mean or how we feel.

So how about you? Have you ever connected with a character in a play or a musical? If so, how did it impact you?

Let me hear your story,

SAC Theatre Arts

Emily Lappi

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