I’ve just returned from an international tour of a play I have been associated with for several years. Based in fact, this amazing one man play is about the development of a musician from apprentice conductor to a master music director. The teacher or Sorcerer as he is know in the play enables the student/Apprentice to dig deep inside himself, to come out of the comfort box. In doing so the Apprentice exposes his emotions conveying them through the magic of performance into a transformational experience for conductor, musicians and audience. As an artist you must stand emotionally naked before the music, you must become the music. You must leave your comfort box.
Although I have stage managed many performances of this play, Muse of Fire, the venues have allowed me to be self sufficient. This tour with a different city, different venue, different sound and lighting technicians, different technical options every night took me out of my comfort box. I was very nervous about making the necessary instant connections with my colleagues that would create the perfect situation for a successful performance. This was definately out of my comfort box. I am happy to report I successfully stepped out of the box and we had a fantastic tour.
My SoulCollage card The Shy One seems appropriate to this experience. This is what I wrote about her.
THE SHY ONE
I am the shy one, the wall flower happy to stay in the background. I am the one who is second in command but never stands in the spotlight. I am the one who picks up the pieces of other people’s mistakes but doesn’t take credit. I am the one who hides her light afraid that someone may recognize her. I am the one who fears rejection. I am the one who blooms in silence.
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