My Brelby Moment: Robert Andrews

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.

Brelby Theatre Collaborative Artist, Robert Andrews, shares with us how he first found Brelby and what keeps him coming back.

My Brelby Moment

By Robert Andrews

The greatest moment of the season at Brelby Theatre for me was their production of The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee back in March. I have seen about ten different productions of this show and I keep coming back to it because of its hilarious book, funny characters and overall poignant message about letting people grow up. I knew many of the people involved with the production before seeing it, so I was sure it was going to be great anyway. But I discovered that the greatness of the production wasn’t just from the people I knew, it was the decisions they made to add another emotional layer and depth to these characters.

This specific production made me think of the ways I see music and art in everything in my life, and how we all have made decisions in our lives to grow up. I moved out to Arizona two years ago to go to college and I was (still am) so scared to meet people and get involved in the community. Then I started to look around for things to do and I learned how to begin to grow up. One of the reasons this show stands out to me is because I see a little bit of myself in every single one of the characters in this show and how they make this journey into adulthood just a little less painful. Yes, there is pain in real life and choices that have to be made, but ultimately, people are responsible for the choices they make. That completely changed the way I view and think about art. I now view everything I see as a moment in time where the people creating that art made that decision to move forward in whatever process they are in.

Brelby’s production of the musical was hands down the best I’ve seen. I sat in the theatre expecting what I usually get with this show, and didn’t expect to leave with that thought in my head. It made me keep coming around to see the awesome theatre Brelby is producing and using to make an impact in people’s lives, and I have already gotten to perform and design for them. Next I’ll be the scenic/prop designer for their production of Fly By Night and I cannot wait to work with them to create important and necessary theatre for the community as a whole.

We’re glad you found us Robert! The November Blogathon is back with more from our community of artists tomorrow!!

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