Confessions of a teenage drama queen
‘Look at the yonder window my friend, does thou looketh my lady in white? Oh! She loveth me the most!!!’
Oh! Please give me a break!!! Shakespearan Dramas – for teens??? You mean in the 21st century ? think again!!!
Apparently those are my first thoughts about classics. I mean no offence to the ones who love them, but my basic rules about reading or watching Shakespearan dramas is “If you try to understand them you will lose your brains completely and incase you do succeed in understanding them …….. hmm… uhh…. You’ll lode your brains any way!!!
Hey friendz!!! That’s me!!! Y. Sandhya Rajashree – 10A. I thought I’ll give you a taste of my woes with acting, and what I learnt through my acting experiences. I call myself the teenage drama queen and I think I deserve that title coz winning the “best actress’ award for 2 yrs, consecutively – is quite a big deal!!! So sit, back, relax and enjoy reading the confession of a teenage drama queen…..
Confession No.1 :
“Always expect the unexpected.”
...that’s approximately 2 week before the much awaited English Dramatics. Now after that short introduction about my views concerning classics, you might have very well guessed my taste, when it comes to drama,…. And you can also guess my plight when Sowmya (my captain) tells me that I play the lead role [wow!!!] in a wonderful, little, sweet story [according to her] which is actually…… A Shakespearan drama!!!
But as I further read the script ….. I realized that his is not a Shakespearan drama, but the comic version of it, that is so exciting, and that is so much like MR!!!
Confession No. 2 :
My deepest and darkest fears…..
But now lets come to the other side of the coin – comedy!!! You can interview every single actor in the world and each one of them will tell you that comedy is the most difficult form of acting, coz you can act badly in the other serious sense and it the audience doesn’t like it, they’ll just say that the acting wasn’t good enough, but if you are acting insanely funny on stage and the crowd stares at you with straight faces …. And no one is even close to smiling, that’s it!!!
Congratulations! You are the winner of “the best joke of the year award”- 06-07 and wow!!! You got to live with that truth forever and ever and ever…. And to face that situation in front of 600 high school students……
It wasn’t like last year though, it was quite easy, where the drama was actually a fairytale and I played a witch; just a little bit of make-up, and a false tone and quite a scary costume, but overall, I’d say it was quite easy, I had even got the best actress award for it!!!
Confession No. 3:
I loovee…. Acting our first rehearsal, was quite awesome. And you know what!!! My fears were completely extinguished!!! I mean…. I was enjoying my role and that seemed like the most important thing in the world. Our rehearsals went on for 2 weeks and I was quite prepared for the finale. I was not nervous at all ‘coz this time I had a strange voice inside my head that kept telling me that “ there is no big deal, its just a drama”. That was my confidence I guess. … or rather the INNER ME.
Confession No. 4 :
I’m proud of my team and I’m proud of myself….
The competition started and soon it was our turn and we did remarkably well!!! We won!!! Bagged the 1st prize and I got the best actress award, for the 2nd time… I mean, its not every day that you win such a prestigious prize for two year consecutively…..
Once again, I took the shield to my friends; to my teachers; to my family’ to MYSELF.
I felt to foolish as I recalled my fears about my role. Obviously, everyone is wise after the event, but now I feel even more stronger, braver and confident. And I guess that was because o believed in my role, my leadership and qualities, my team, my work and my abilities.
As I looked at the shield I realized the most wonderful thing – the best way to win over challenges it to enjoy them!!! I remember my class teacher telling us about the ‘feel good’ factor i.e. to enjoy what you are doing, to feel good about what you are doing. Now I guess I know what she meant….
What I learnt from this event was that “ everyone has fears, high and low and challenges in their lives, but what makes a person stand out from the rest, is the way he/she learns to live life happily even if it is the hard way round.
And that day I went home and placed my shield beside the one I had received the previous year, and the I though – “Shakespearan drama is not after all that boring!!! “and there goes my Confession No. 5!!!
Y. Sandhya Meher