November 2019 Blogathon: April Rideout

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 returns to its roots with a visit back to the topic of “My Brelby Story.” We’ve grown a great deal over the past few years, and many of our original bloggers have moved on to new careers, new lives, new challenges, and new cities. Enjoy this year’s series with 30 Days of Blogs.

Six years ago, I auditioned for my first Brelby show. I had just graduated from Arizona State University that spring and had started to perform again after a three year hiatus in a production with Theater Works. I saw a posting for an original musical about a mysterious island, prophecies, and magic entitled Through the Mist. I was intrigued and decided to take a chance by scheduling an audition. I was cast in the Ensemble and had such a blast with the cast and creative team.

From that point on, I was hooked and auditioned every chance I could get. I got in a good number of shows, but there were instances where I was not cast. In those times, I would look for ways to improve myself for the next audition or project. There is always disappointment in not landing a show, but there is always something new to look forward to as well.

Some of my favorite productions were produced at the little storefront location including Little Women, She Kills Monsters, and Love’s Labour’s Lost. Oftentimes, I would be rehearsing one show and performing another at the same time. Looking back, I can’t see how I was able to do that in addition to working full time. I think a lot of it was being given the chance to perform and forming such close relationships with everyone. I spent so much of my free time creating art that I didn’t mind the long hours and enjoyed being able to do that with such a talented group of people.

The camaraderie and attitude of “let’s-put-on-a-show” are some of my favorite parts of Brelby. Also, the willingness to encourage artists to try new things like when I was able to sound design for the first time in Love’s Labour’s Lost. You don’t get that type of opportunity often and the ability to learn these skills is invaluable.

I am grateful for my experiences both back then and now in shaping me to be the artist I am today. This community is always evolving with new artists and has always been a wonderful opportunity to expand yourself in ways you never knew you needed.

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