It is Brelby tradition to dedicate the month of November to giving a platform for our artists to share their stories. This month our annual Blogathon theme is “Shifting Perspectives”. We’ve spent a large portion of 2020 with our stage dark, but that doesn’t mean that our artists haven’t been growing, changing and creating. This year we asked them, “How has the pandemic impacted your perspective on theatre, the arts, and life? What are your hopes for the future of theatre?”
Enjoy this year’s series with 30 Days of Blogs.
Day 5: April Rideout
There is no side stepping the fact that the pandemic has altered so many aspects of life including theater and the arts. Going into 2020, I would never have predicted that life would be the way it is now in November. I was booked for the role of Hero in Much Ado About Nothing for March performances and, like so many other theater projects, it has been postponed. It feels as if the future is a big question mark now for a time when we can safely return to performing as we were before the pandemic. I and I imagine others are experiencing feelings of sadness, regret, and longing to return to the stage in the future.
To keep these feelings at bay, I have shifted my perspective on what is art in my daily life. It does not look like it did in 2019, but that is to be expected. I started concentrating on learning more by participating in play readings a few times a month and polishing up my rusty vocal skills with virtual voice lessons with Alicia Ferrin. And, although this was started during the New Year, I worked out consistently 4 to 5 times a week doing barre, pilates, yoga, and a few of the Get in Shape Grrl (Broadway COVID Series) classes. Proud to say, I have lost 20 pounds and can learn a dance routine when I couldn’t do that before. In short, it’s been a time of learning, honing my skills, and self-care.
As for how the pandemic has changed my life in the past year, I have bought a house and have been enjoying doing projects around the house. These include hanging pictures, planting flowers, and decorating for holidays. I have been able to work from home a few days a week, but I do miss seeing friends as much as I did last year. It can feel a bit lonely and isolated at times so planning out upcoming projects or a new workout challenge does help to alleviate those feelings.
In conclusion, there is art in the everyday and it is so easy to take things for granted. I would give my bottom dollar to hear “5 to places!” and say in response: “Thank you five!” Till that time comes, I’ll continue to make everyday art and be so grateful when I can tread the boards again.