For the rest of November, every day, the Brelby Buzz will be bringing you the second installment of the November Blogathon. Thirty days, thirty original posts from Brelby’s Company Members and collaborative artists of Season 8. Each post will revolve around a word that artist considers to be integral to what art and Brelby means to them.
By Sarah Kucharek
As a theater teacher, I find my hand in every part of the art that helps create a theater production: publicity, set, costume, makeup, hair, lighting, sound, directing, and the art of getting to know and love people: and if you’ve met people and their idiosyncrasies you know that loving people can be a very fine, sometimes taxing, art. Yet, I believe theatre helps us in that endeavor. It allows us glimpses.
When we see a production we glimpse an experience. When we play a character we glimpse another person. When we design we glimpse what can be and reach deep into ourselves. These vicarious experiences allow us to continually grow our empathetic and creative abilities and rejuvenates our spirit with each experience. It also can help us glimpse the potential in ourselves rather than focus on our inadequacies.
I find rejuvenation when I create at Brelby because I am inspired by the people around me, and the positive, encouraging environment there which waylays my personal doubts, and pushes me to overcome that which is daunting. This is the process of both accepting who I am, and shedding the old so I can grew into the new; rejuvenation. This process is nearly impossible without people willing to also accept you and the changes you need in your personal journey. Brelby allows that experience.
The experience I’ve had working with Brelby excites me for what is next and guides me in an appreciation for what has been. We build shows to see them swiftly move into the past and even if we want to hold on to them we are forced to “strike” the show: we shed the old and usher in the new.
Humanity tends to fear change, yet theater forces us to let go so we can continue our growth and not stagnate—an altogether thrilling experience which rejuvenates not only the audience but the artist and her fellows.
Rejuvenate. Juvenile. Art keeps the soul young. Like a child first exploring the world, we continue to discover, and the discovery is beautiful; it is the mind’s fountain of youth. I am grateful to have found a place of discovery, and rejuvenation in Brelby.