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A narrative of my experience during a performance.
She faced the wall.

She exchanged "You can do this." and "Let's do this." with her friends, which were also her fellow actors.

Her heart and mind raced.

She looked over her lines over and over, but the words on the 3 by 5 cards meant nothing to her mind.

She half listened to her friends acting, while also trying to calm herself down to no avail.

"I'm going to do great. I'm going to do awesome!" She thought, but her heart told her otherwise.

An actor finished portraying her role, the big monologue, "Oh god."

Her cue.

She spoke vigorously. Her mouth turned dry instantly.

Her big monologue.

A little relief, but there was more to come.

More conversing.

Her last monologue.

She returns to the wall, her heart still racing a million miles a minute.

Her teacher is done for the moment. She walks to the girl's side and whispers "You were awesome."

The girl was excited; she was able to act her part without showing her fear and channeled her fear into her "acting emotions".

Now she had to stand still, watch the rest perform and get through the rest of the play.

Her heart still raced, but her mind had reached the finish.

The last few lines.

The audience applauds.

It's over.


Time to head home.

A smile on each of the actors faces.

Actors being congratulated for their excellent performances, including the relieved trojan woman.
This whole narrative is what was going on with me during the performance.

I was nervous, I even had a breakdown hours before. I was scared because I wasn't ready.

My lines were memorized, but I didn't fully know them.

I still had to learn cues and blocking.

I just wasn't ready, so my dad called my teacher, explained the situation, and handed the phone to me.

My teacher told me that I could write down my lines on cue cards or 3 by 5 cards, and that I would be fine, because she says that she and I are the same when it comes to acting.

I'll stutter and not stay in the scene, and she'll redirect me by saying, "Stay in it." and I would have to go back and try again.

(For me, it seems that I can stay in character a lot better if I didn't have any lines and just needed to react to the events that are happening.)

I kept wishing that I didn't have the same problem as her, but I have to deal with it; but it helps, because it's nice knowing you have someone in your corner that knows how it feels.

Now mind you, this wasn't on a stage; this was for a "Relay for Life" and it was in a small cafeteria.

But we did a good job, and I'm proud of myself.

When I was done, I wanted it to be over right then and there, so I could go to our car and have a good cry of joy and relief.

But all in all, I'm glad that's out of the way.
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