I had recently decided to enter a video contest creating a PSA for the American Red Cross. Only problem was, I had no actors. Having no actors and wanting to shoot a commercial is not a comforting way to begin a foray into unknown territory.
My journey began with a simple email to Dr. Amy Pinney at the Theater Department of Georgia College and State University in Milledgeville, GA. Dr. Pinney and I decided to meet to see what her actors could possibly do to assist me. I wish I’d have had a camera pointed toward me at the instant I got off of the phone with Dr. Pinney. I bet that would have been a sight to behold indeed.
After our first meeting, I not only had a commitment for various actors, but also an invitation to meet and talk with them during the first rehearsals for their Spring production: 1940’s Radio Show.
What I had no way of knowing was how incredibly talented these individuals would be. How easily they as a group, would mesmerize me, hypnotize me and lead me into an almost trance-like state of being. This all sounds very bizarre, but I assure you it was in no way bizarre. What it was was pure joy.
The joy I experienced was related to many things. Most notably the interactions of these actors toward one another. In the spotlight, while playing a part we can understand, yes, we must act, and do whatever the scene calls for. And in between the scenes? I think most folks would assume actors have very little interaction with each other. Not so with these actors. What I discovered was just the opposite– these actors love each other, care about one another and depend on one another for their joy, as well. I can be forgiven for not recognizing this at first. I had nothing in my personal life experience to prepare me for this discovery. This was so far out from what I know and experience daily. All you need to do is open the New York Times and you’ll understand what I’m talking about – behavior and poor behavior is rampant.
So color me very blinded by light. The light that shines brightly from a well-rounded set of student actors, here in the middle of Georgia at Georgia College.