My Brelby Moment: Melody Chrispen

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.

Company Member, Melody Chrispen

My Brelby Moment

Melody Chrispen

Ugh! Like John Perovich stated in his Brelby moment blog, there have been so many fantastic moments this year. From opening with Night of Shorts to the beauty of Peter and the Starcatcher to the glitter of Midsummer, Brelby has really brought the magic of art to life this year.

A very powerful moment for me was opening night of Peter and the Starcatcher. It is no secret to the world that I am OBSESSED with Peter Pan. I was very sad when I learned that I would not be able to be involved with this stunning production, but at the same time, I was thrilled to just sit and take in the magic. I had never seen this show before and was ready for anything. I can honestly say that I have never been so affected by a piece of theatre as I was that night. Incredible cast, incredible designers, incredible director. It was so nice to be reminded that life is an adventure and if you let it…faith can give you wings.

Another UNEXPECTED (ha…you’ll see what I did there in a moment) moment for me this year was my first ever lighting design for John Perovich’s play unexpected. As someone who failed a lighting class twice in college and avoided lighting in general like the plague, I was not optimistic about taking on this challenge. Lo and behold, it was one of the best things to happen to me, despite the many challenges that came with it. I kept editing in live mode, I kept forgetting to save and it would crash on me, lights kept getting bumped and refocused, the entire system crashed and I had to redesign in one day. Fun times. But I discovered something that I am truly good at and would one day come to love (Be sure to catch my latest designs and Now and Then Creative Company’s production of Medea). That show and that group of people were such a blessing during a rough time in my life and I wouldn’t trade it for anything.

My final moment of impact has to be Depend on Me. For those of you who saw the show…I hope we’re still friends. My journey with Depend on Me began well over a year ago when Brian began brainstorming the concept of these 2 roommates and allowing me to read scenes for him. Earlier this year, I had the honor of playing Monica in a staged reading of the show. This past October, I had the honor of playing Celia in the mainstage world premiere. Now, mind you, I had other obligations at the time this show was scheduled to perform this October. I was supposed to be stage managing and had my heart set on being involved in Midsummer. But, alas, I fell in love with the show and could not forgive myself if I didn’t audition. And…the rest is history. I was given the opportunity to spread my acting wings farther than they had ever reached before. I discovered new things about myself not only as an artist, but as a woman. While I never intend to “make it big” as an actress, I needed to be reminded that it is a part of my soul. It will always be there, waiting for me to return. I couldn’t have asked for a more amazing team to reawaken my love for acting. Thank you Brian, Kevin, Sam, Wendy, Devon, and Brady. Love you all! And remember….I’m here for you. Always.

Thank you for sharing so much with Brelby this season Mel! The November Blogathon has more Brelby Moments from our artists through the rest of November!

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