Bonjour mes amants de théâtre chérie!
In other words, hello, my darling theatre lovers!
I’m back. And wishing I spoke better French. The issue isn’t my underuse of the language, it’s my overuse of Google Translate. But no one can ever say I wasn’t fully committed.
What I’ve learned, through my adamant perusal of theatricality is that half the battle is being committed. Will this mean you will have to dress like Nora Desmond at all hours of the day and say everything in your Young Katherine Hepburn voice? Possibly. But at least you have embraced the drama. That is really all that matters.
Speaking of drama, I recently embarked on a journey of drama directing, which I’ve mentioned in an earlier post: So You Want To Direct a Play?
Directing a play was one of the hardest and most exciting things I have ever done, and it really taught me a lot about embracing the Drama of Life. When you are the director, everyone else is truly looking to you to set the tone and to be the one to make sure everything goes somewhat according to plan. Also, if you aren’t excited about the project, the actors won’t be either. It’s all a lot to hold up, especially if you are (secretly) younger than everyone in the play and have previously suffered from somewhat mild social anxiety.
Thus, your only choice will be to embrace the dramatic.
When I started directing the play I consciously decided that I would always be the most enthusiastic, professional, and if we’re being honest, insane person. This required coffee and black clothing. This was extremely fun.
If I’m being honest, it was actually rather an easy thing to fall into; what I mean is, I already had many dramatic tendencies, so all I had to do was fully embrace them. And drink much more coffee than was needed.
I don’t know what your dramatical tendencies are, but chances are, if you’re reading this blog about theatre you’ve got some, my friend.
Now, as a disclaimer, once one embraces their dramaticalness, it is difficult to go back.
Step One To Embracing The Dramatical – Figure Out Your Dramatic Tendencies
You don’t have write out a list, but you can. Simply think about the parts of your personality that make you feel most like yourself. For example, I am usually a very enthusiastic person. So I decided that I would be as enthusiastic as I could, but that I would also save my enthusiasm for things that I actually thought were amahzing.
Step Two – Find Your Costume
This is not required but it is highly suggested. Find out what kind of clothing is the most fun to wear for you personally. It helps if it involves long black jackets and/or fur stoles, but those are in no way required. I find that sometimes it is useful to wear long thwackable scarves. These are useful for scarf flips and also for thwacking your Rivals in the face with. Not that I do that. Ever. Of course not.
Step Three – Accents
I, Broadway Lil, am obsessed with accents. I have many that I pull out at nessesary times. For example, my infamous Fake New York Accent. For some weird reason, most theatre people, even if they have never even lived in New York, have New York accents. So, so do I, whenever I need to. I also sometimes use my Russian Spy accent when I want to seem Tragical and Alluring and to trick people that I am Anastasia Romanov. Just kidding, I use it when I want to scare people, and in the hopes that they will let me go into stores and not buy anything. As a side note, so what if I don’t want to buy anything? Stop trying to shame me, salespeople of America. Seriously.
Another accent that I use, probably the one I use most often, is my English accent. This is useful when I am pretending to be a reporter or if I need to seem Utterly Fashionable in pivotal moments. Also, if you have an English accent, people will ignore most questionable things you do. Use that information as you will.
In any case, I recommend brushing up on your accent skills, they will come in handy, especially if you actually are a spy. Which would honestly be the coolest thing ever.
Now, there are other steps to becoming as dramatical as utterly possible, but these tips should get you on your way. The theatre is the place for drama, as we all know, so embrace the dramatical, my darling theatre lovers!
By the way, do you love accents as much as I do, or even more fabulique, do you speak any other languages? I speak some weird form of French. It’s mostly me saying “fabulique” at inopportune moments.
P.S. My blog was nominated for the Liebster Award and my next blog post will detail all the details!