“All the best performers bring to their role something more, something different than what the author put on paper. That’s what makes theatre live. That’s why it persists.” — Stephen Sondheim
I got bitten by the stage bug in high school. Why a shy girl signed up for Drama class, who knows? We all did everything, from acting to silk-screening the posters. I didn’t know about divisions of labor and skills until my first semester at college. So much for my notion of majoring in something practical (political science – what was I thinking?!) when I found a home in the costume shop and scenic studio, spending less and less time on stage.
By then, I’d already been hooked on opera for five or six years, but this was a whole new world.
The attraction hasn’t diminished over the years, whether I was working backstage or sitting in the audience. To this day, though, my preference is for imaginative, theatrical productions rather than realistic ones. I want to be challenged as an audience member – inspired, amazed, provoked, engaged.
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illustration is Szene aus Sommernachtstraum for © Salzburger Marionettentheater