My name is Christy White and I have been asked to write a blog about my experience from the perspective of a Belmont student in The Nashville Shakespeare Festival’s second Winter Shakespeare production of Richard the Third.
This is not the first time I have done a production with Nashville Shakes. This is actually the fourth! I was in the Byron & Beth Smith Apprentice Company for 3 summers (2005-2007) and I loved every minute of it. I was so excited to learn that Belmont was going to be partnering with The Festival for their winter production! I think it is so important to be able to be involved professional theatre when you are still a student. It gives you a real look at the profession you are going into and it gives you connections in the community!
We just had out 17th rehearsal and we are about to move into tech! I have been having so much fun at rehearsals! We have been slowly working through the show for the last couple of days, which has been really nice. I have a couple of the smaller roles so I have just been getting to hang out a lot. It is always so interesting to watch the professional actors doing their work. They are all so enthusiastic about the show and it is infectious. I think one of the things I like most about the theatre is that it does not seem like work. All of the professionals look like they are having such a good time! You basically just get to play all day. Yay theatre!
I will write again next week – let me know if you have any questions!
Picture: Christy White as Julia in the Nashville Shakespeare Festival's 2007 Shakespeare in the Park production of The Two Gentleman of Verona, directed by Claire Syler.
Picture by: Jeff Frazier
Costume: June Kingsbury