I breezed through the drink delivery, which gave me confidence going into the scream.
The cowboy fell to the floor, clutching his neck. This was my moment.
He’d been on the floor for a good 30 seconds before the rest of the cast started looking at me with wide eyes that seemed to say, “Do it!” The next line was dependent upon my scream. Without it, the line wouldn’t make any sense.
Finally, after entirely too much time had passed for a scream of surprise, I opened my mouth as wide as possible and screamed with all my might. Too bad no actual noise came out.
A fellow cast mate said the next line anyway, even though it didn’t make any sense. But it didn’t matter because the audience couldn’t hear it over their laughter anyway.
That about sums up my thespian career — until now.
Since this horribly traumatic junior high experience, I’ve been wanting a do-over of sorts. Now that I’m older and wiser (OK, maybe just older), I’m finally getting that chance.
I auditioned for the Logansport Civic Players upcoming production of “Stage Door.” I was cast in the role of Judith Canfield, a wise-cracking, wannabe actress. Yes, I’m aware little acting will be necessary on my part. And that’s a good thing because this is my first real dip into acting and don’t know how to “act” anyway.
I don’t know what to expect but after I went to the first read-through of the script this week, I was excited about the fun I’ll have over the next few months. But mostly I was excited to see my character wasn’t called upon to scream in the play.
Misty Knisely is managing editor of the Pharos-Tribune. She can be reached at 574-732-5155 or at email@example.com. Follow her, @PharosMK