My Brelby Word: Spark

My Brelby Word

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 Chavez Benally

    12281614_960151987366150_895621079_o It’s 3:24 am and you get the urge. Not the urge to use the bathroom or go to the fridge, but to create. Create a dance, write a poem, draw or paint an image that popped into your dream. Whatever it may be there was a spark; a sudden burst of inspiration that causes you to go into an artistic fury where you can’t stop creating the piece until only all the minor details look presentable to you.

     And at Brelby, that’s what we do. They give you the chance to invoke a spark. Once you have that spark they feed into your fire. A fire that is so nourished it burns brighter than a flame from a Moltres (no shame).

     I started at Brelby a little over a year ago with a call back  for She Kills Monsters. Sadly I didn’t get a part but everyone I met were so kind which only encouraged me to come back and audition for Revenge of the Space Pandas; my first Brelby role. Over the next year I was involved with both the 1st and 2nd Annual Miscast Concerts and I was also very fortunate to be involved in a new work, Angel’s Alley.

     But as time went on and I had graduated and wasn’t involved in any shows and I talked to a very close friend of mine and she reminded me of how I use to have a sparkle in my eye; she reminded me of the passion we used to share, the one that helped us create the friendship we have today. I realized my spark had been missing for quite a while. It took some time to really process what she was saying; it was a slap in the face for sure, but the good kind that clears up your vision. The fire I had inside me wasn’t being tended so it was dying and I needed a new project to help keep it alive. Around that time Shelby posted on the Brelby Facebook page that they were seeking a designer for the upcoming production of Nonfat Soy Peppermint Mocha Latte… With Sprinkles and just like that I felt a new fire spark. It wasn’t until recently I realized that I could do much more within theater; I don’t always have to be an actor. In the upcoming season I will also be an Assistant Stage Manager and a makeup and hair designer for some amazing shows. Needless to say I am very excited.

     Brelby is such a wonderful place for anyone that isn’t quite sure of what role they love doing within the theater, but they provide anyone the opportunity to try something new. And there are lots of people there, whether it be a Company Member or a fellow artist, all are ready to lend a hand if needed. Everyone nourishes the spark we see in each other. When you’re at Brelby you are never alone and once you walk through those doors you’re home. At Brelby we can create anything and it all begins with a spark.


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