My Brelby Moment: James Beneze

It’s that time of year again!! That time when we give the blog over to our immensely talented artists and let them share their thoughts about art, life and more. The November Blogathon has become a Brelby tradition here at the Brelby Buzz, and this year we’re wrapping up Season Nine with our favorite Brelby Moments. For the next 30 days, our artists will discuss their favorite Brelby Moments from Season Nine and how that has impacted them and the way they approach their art.

James Beneze has jumped in this season and tried his hand at acting, designing, and Stage Managing at Brelby. Read about his favorite Brelby Moments!


My Brelby Moment

By James Beneze

It’s so hard to think of one single defining moment of this past season that has impacted me. I guess I’ll just list off a few that really stand above the rest.

Stage Managing my first show was amazing! I was brought in as the ASM for Whisper Sweetly with the understanding that the current SM may have to back out due to another show. When Melody was cast in Depend On Me she handed me the reigns, and I’m so glad she did. Working with John and the entire team really showed me how great our theatre community at Brelby is. I couldn’t have asked for a more supportive, helpful team for my first time as SM. It really helped me grow as a production member for future shows. And I can’t wait to work with John again on Spy Love You in Season 10.

Being a part of the team that brought The Pledge to life changed me as an actor. Working with Brian taught me to stop overthinking all of my choices. Following my natural instincts can produce engaging, authentic moments that get lost when I’m so “in my head” all the time. It also helped me so much with my comedic timing. Brian really helped me break out of my shell and learn to not be afraid to go big. I’m still working on it, but it’s a start.

Lastly, the moment that touched my soul was Peter and the Starcatcher. Actually, a specific line in the show. “It’s supposed to hurt, that’s how you know it meant something.” I was going through a very difficult time in my life and was having trouble dealing with it. I was in the audience for opening night and even though I loved the show and was laughing so hard my sides hurt, I was constantly on the verge of crying. But when that line was said, it was like everything stopped. It just resonated so much with me and that was the moment that I really decided that I needed to get through this and get back to being me. It really showed me how art can affect people.

Its interesting how all of this happened during my first year with Brelby. I can’t wait to see what the rest of the season has in store for me and I’m so excited for Season 10!

We’re excited too!! Thanks for the memories James! There are still more blogs to come, so make sure you check in again tomorrow!

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