Senior steps out of comfort zone, onto BCHS stage



Auditions- The first thing I could think beforehand was “why am I doing this?”. Here I am, trying out for a play, which I’ve never done before. After practicing my monologue throughout the day to anyone that would listen, I was finally up next to audition. I went in and nailed it(if I do say so myself).

Senior Joe Compton, trucker, and Thompson debate the future of baby Michael.
Senior Joe Compton, trucker, and Thompson debate the future of baby Michael.
Thompson and other townspeople surround senior Andrew Allspaw, who plays Michael.
Thompson and other townspeople surround senior Andrew Allspaw, who plays Michael.

Read through of Laughing Stock- The people in my play were really going all-out. They are all so good and prepared too. How do they all know what stock characters were? And why did everyone know to bring a highlighter?

First rehearsal- Well to start this wonderful journey off, I forgot my script at home. So, I raced home to get it and come into school to the cafeteria where the rest of my cast was residing. I walked into a cult. Everyone is in a circle chanting. As I step closer, they’re playing a game. Phew. When were done with the game, we sat down and begin practice.

Week 2- This week we have to be off-book(this means no script). Oh by the way, over the same period of time that I had to memorize my lines, I also had to write a W131 paper. So, my fellow seniors taking that class, you can probably imagine my stress. And as I predicted, I worked more on W131 than my lines, causing me to walk around school the entire day with my script in hand looking at it as much as I could in between passing periods.

Set day- I got to Chatard at noon and everyone was doing different things. I feel like I was in the way. Directions were being yelled constantly and everyone was beginning to get stressed out. Here I was in the middle of the madness trying to figure out what I should do. So I stood off in a corner all by myself and observed. Eventually, someone told me to look for some tape which took me a half hour to find. I eventually got my costumes, makeup and hair done and was ready to run through the show. During this time, I had to practice drop-kicking the baby that was to play my son(don’t worry, it wasn’t a real baby). I’m sure anyone in Laughing Stock could tell you that it was a struggle. I attempted it over and over again and miss the baby entirely. I have never played soccer or any other sport that involved kicking so for the most part I was making a fool of myself trying to kick this baby during the set day.

Week of the show- We had play practice everyday after school. We ran through our entire show about 3 times each day this week. It is exhausting. I never knew how much of a commitment this was until now.

Day before show- We got in full costume and makeup and hair and performed each of our shows. My show has the most costume changes and most stressful transitions of all the plays, lucky me.

Show- We gathered in a circle and did the traditional “circle time”. While doing so, I realized that I had been calling rehearsals, “play practice”. The inner athlete was trying to make sense of theater terms. It turns out, our show was the funniest (in terms of the most laughs). Being on stage behind the lights (I know, it sounds very High School Musical), the inner actress in me was brought out. I decided during school that day (my directors would not be very pleased), that I was going to go “all-out”. I was going to be the best darn psychic, Greek chorus, entourage, townsperson, and swimmer that anyone had ever seen (if you don’t understand these references, I pity you).


Looking back, I am overjoyed that I forced myself out of my comfort zone and can officially say when I graduate, that I was in a Chatard theater production and got to be apart of the BCHS Theatre family.