Jake. Ultruh. Stressed. Depressed. Anxious. Depersonalized. Occasionally fabulous. Unapologetic Egalitarian and thus anti-feminist.
Things I think about while I’m trying to fall asleep at night:
- How useless I am
- How I’m turning into an emotionless robot
- Lamenting over the death of my creativity and passion
- Being sexually confused
- "I should really start working on that pokemon team"
- My depersonalization and anxiety
Followers I need your help and opinions on this..
I’m going to try to keep this from getting too drawn out, but first I’m going to start with a little background. While I was in school at my University, I was a film, video, and theater major. The University put on 2 productions per year, one play and one musical. I never auditioned for the plays, as they tend to be more heavy and serious, and my acting style is definitely more of a showman’s. However, I was both musicals that happened on the years I attended the school. One was Once Upon a Mattress, the next was Rent. They were great shows but they were shrouded in controversy.
For all of the musicals Stevenson U hosted, they took most of their audition pool and placed them in ensemble’ parts while filling the lead speaking and vocal roles with past favorite Alumni, or even in Rent’s case, professional actors from outside the university all together. Now this didn’t really effect me as I snatched the role of the Jester in Mattress and I was a featured soloist in Rent, but many students were placed in ensemble/rejected all together while ALUMNI were playing the leading roles?
Am I wrong in saying that that is incredibly unfair to the students? They make the argument that the students the have to select from are not up to par and they can’t afford to put on mediocre productions. Further, they say that the students can learn a lot from working with experienced actors/actresses. Even still, this isn’t a private theater group, it’s a University. The shows are funded by the University which is in turn funded by the students, who then become theater majors and are rejected from the productions because the places are being filled by past Alumni favorites?! Is this wrong?!
FURTHER, while I was in Rent and Once Upon a Mattress… the line between the Alumni and the current students was night and day.. it was like two different worlds. We hardly ever spoke.. the Alums would go out for drinks with eachother and never extend an invitation to the students. There was no mentoring. It was just the university filling spots because they felt like their students were too shitty to play the part well. (Which was so far from the truth.)
So tell me please, is there something I’m missing? Do all Universities do this? If they do, is it wrong? If they don’t, is Stevenson wrong?
- me: *touches wand to Marauder's Map* I solemnly swear to see any movie with Jennifer Lawrence in it.
- me: Shit, that's not it...
- Marauder's Map: *opens anyway softly hissing the words "Omg I love her," as it unfolds*
sings along to anime opening in vaguely japanese sounding gibberish
Sometimes a little spark of optimism hits me and I think that maybe the world is inherently good and that in the end justice always prevails, but then I remember that Penny Tration got sent home by Serena Cha Cha and it all falls apart again.