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.
About a year ago, I was scrolling through Facebook and saw that a friend of mine shared the post of one of her friends. The post was seeking specific actors to audition for a role. I looked it over, and to my surprise, I realized I fit the bill! So I sent an audition video their way and ended up getting cast in Brelby’s production Return To Rosie’s Pub!
I remember being so nervous entering Brelby for the first time. Though the environment was anything but intimidating, this was the first time I was doing anything theatre related outside of school… what was I getting myself into? By the time I knew it, the read through was finished, rehearsals soon turned into tech week and we opened. Every day I was surrounded by such strong and talented artists, I knew this is the place that I was going to hone my skills as an artist.
The thought of honing my skills as a performer was already a driving force for me, but as I did more and more productions at Brelby, I met more people and had more amazing experiences. Return to Rosie’s Pub showed me that no matter where I come from I can manifest myself to be whoever I want. I met so many people from different walks of life. Their stories, their passion for theatre, and their fire to bring these shows to life was more than enough not only to bring me in, but to make me want to audition for more shows after that. So I kept coming back, seeing where I could be of assistance.
Soon enough I was cast in a show called Alice’s Canvas. I was not only cast as the Mad Hatter for this stunning trip to Wonderland, but was asked to use my skills as a makeup artist to help bring the denizens of Wonderland to life. I have to say that Alice’s Canvas was truly my favorite Brelby production to work on. Not only did I get stand on tables and speak nonsense in a Russian accent as the Hatter, but I was able to push myself as a makeup artist to create characters that looked wildly out of place, yet cohesive with each other. I am even blessed to say that this show brought me even closer to some awesome people I’ve worked with before in the past, and where I got to me some new friends I know I’m going to have for the rest of my life.
With a few shows after that and in between, both as an actor and a makeup designer
Brelby has not only given me a home to grow and thrive as an artist, but has given me a place to advance as a person. When I walk up those stairs into the theatre, I know who I am. I know where I belong. I know where my home is. I know where I am loved and valued. If all else fails in my life, I know I have my family and my home at Brelby Theatre Company.
So to all the people reading this, whether you’re a person wanting to step into the world of theatre for the first time, or a seasoned artist who is afraid to step out of their comfort zone, my advice to you is this. Don’t be afraid to walk up those unknown stairs.. you never know what blessings are going to be at the top!