Yesterday Greg and I went to see an old college buddy perform in “The musical comedy murders of 1940″. It was HILARIOUS and I was very proud of my friend – who has not been acting in anything since I knew him in college. For a first attempt back to the stage – he was wonderful.
As a musical theater director – I know the importance of delivering a line – staying in character and making your part believable to your audience. I would KILL to have our junior high students understand the subtleties of the above mentioned ‘must‘ for any musical theater production.
It is very helpful for students to take advantage of good live theater in our area – and so every season we try to have a field trip for them to see those that are doing this on a regular basis – or just something in the area that’s putting on the same show as we are – so they can study their character. There is a thing called ‘timing’ in comedy – and sometimes a beat or two between lines can ruin the laugh from the audience.
Last night – these performers had been coached correctly. All the lines were delivered and got the much sought after ‘laughs’ from the crowd – in fact we just ROARED at some of it! The highest compliment to those on the stage.
How easy it is to laugh and applaud for the performers who take us to another era – another situation and place – those that have studied their part so well that it seems to blend in to who they are. Their timing is impeccable and well rehearsed to get it right.
Shakespeare once said:
‘All the world’s a stage,
And all the men and women merely players:
They have their exits and their entrances’
We are merely players in this world – none of us knowing our cues – our entrances and exits. That is the mystery of life. Not knowing how to rehearse for our next scene – or prepare our lines for what is to come. It is not neat and rehearsed like the ‘stage’ – we live on the stage of life. Our director and author of our ‘production’ is Jesus Christ – the only one who knows the outcome and the only one who knows how to prepare us for the next scene.
When we get a laugh – or a good ‘review’ from others in the audience of our life – it feels good – boosts our spirits and helps us to carry on. But when we get a bad review – or someone thinks we stepped ‘out of character’ – it throws us into a tailspin.
Our goal as ‘players’ in this production of life should be to live as the ‘director’ is coaching us to live – without applause of man – or even a pat on the back from those who would review our scene. Living and doing just what the director of our lives is directing us to do – is the only way to live – since He is the only one who knows the script.
We don’t always do this – we try to ‘rewrite’ it for the ‘author’ and go our own way – choosing people in our cast who are not supposed to be on stage with us – or choosing songs that are not approved and not the best for us. It may make us feel better temporarily – and even get us a laugh – but it is not lasting – and can be destructive to us. It is better to let Him decide and to have Him bring things together for us – to make the best production possible.
Ahhhh – the mystery of life and all its players. Intrigue, lies, deception, bad influences, joy, love, emotion and elation. Friendship and those who will join me in my production as we rehearse to get the ending right. Trusting, trusting, trusting – that He knows better for my production than I do – and being willing to leave it with Him – is the hardest lesson on the stage of my life.
How is your production? Who’s in charge of yours?