I was recently inspired by someone (if you are reading, you know who you are) to pursue some old hobbies that had died with University, life and growing up to a certain extent. So as part of the new regime, and as part of recapturing my youth I have divulging in some extra curricular activities. Here are the experiences I have had so far…
1. Musical Theatre
As some of you may know, I am a massive fan musical theatre, Les Mis being my absolute fave in the world! I used to even sing, although years of late nights and alcohol has put an end to that. So I did some research and went off in search of a local musical theatre group. I found a group who to be fair are quite away from my home, but I still went along to see what it was all about – http://www.soundsmusicaltheatrecompany.co.uk/ – having not sung for many years I was quite nervous. I went along just as they had finished one show, and were fresh and ready to start another. In some senses the perfect time, in others less so. I’m going to be brutally honest about my experiences that night, as it’s the only way to be. I mean no harm, and these are just my thoughts. I was greeted in the car park by a friendly girl of whom I cannot recall her name, and she showed a nervous, lost looking me the way to the church hall for the rehearsal. She was very chatty and welcoming. When I got inside I was greeted by the lady I had called to arrange my visit and was ushered to a seat. Right on the front row. Slap bang in the middle. In front of the musical director. GREAT! I was placed next to an older lady who seemed to be very dedicated to the art, I think she said she had been a member for some 40 years. I was then informed that to hire the music/script it was a £15 deposit there and then. I sat without any music/script until the kind lady next to me fetched one for me. So I thank her for that.
Without any warming up of the vocal chords (which in my case was dully needed) we got straight into the songs and the script, and although I skipped the first go at reading some lines, I felt braver and went for it the next time. My accent needed some work, but for a first go, it wasn’t too bad! After a while we took a break, and once again I was left to my own devices, so there I sat, alone as the rest of the group chatted to each other, making little if no effort with me. There were some break time jollies such as a lottery, which wasn’t explained to me. After the rehearsal, I was invited to the pub for a drink with a few of the younger members, but to be honest, I just wanted to go home. I’m not sure if my experience was a one off, and I think I would try them out again, but first impressions were not great. Sorry to say.
After my experience above I decided my next attempt at extra curricular activities would not be alone. So I did some more research and was recommended http://www.westerncollegeplayers.com/. I contacted Joe and found him very welcoming, explaining everything I needed to know and he even offered to meet us beforehand to talk to us again. Who is this ‘us’ you ask? Young Terri from next door of course. We headed out this evening to the depths of Plymouth, a journey which should have taken little more than 10 minutes ended up taking nearly 40. But that was due to 2 people having no idea where they were going and getting some terrible directions. We finally arrived and were greeted by a very friendly Joe who showed us inside, and even got us some seats. We were then made to feel welcome as people came to say hello, and we then got to introduce ourselves in front of the group. We then watched them perform the second half of their current production – The Diary Of Anne Frank, which with only a few weeks left before the performances, was truly fab! I will most certainly be telling everyone to go and see it. During the break everyone came to say hello to Terri and I and made us feel really part of the group. They even gave us the sales pitch on staying in and joining the fun, with promises of Hi Di Hi next year – erm! HELLO!!! Again afterwards more people came to say hello and how nice it was to meet us, I can’t speak for Terri, but I really felt welcome there. There were no pretentious drama people, just friendly faces who love to act/perform/stage/direct/costumes etc etc. I’ll certainly be going back, time allowing!
I will confess, there are a 3 and 4 to this, but both deserve blog posts alone, and both need more details confirming. Watch this space for more exciting times ahead in the life of the Swift!
Peace out and all that jazz xxx