I love to be something I'm not.
|Me at Book Club Night for |
Daughter of Smoke and Bones by Laini Taylor
The first musical I ever tried out for, I got the leading female role. Don't worry, it wasn't necessarily because I rocked the stage or even looked the part. I was just in the right place at the right time. It was also called Little Luncheonette of Terror, basically a teeny bopper remake of Little Shop of Horrors. The sub-par script was overshadowed by the catchy music. My favorite part: I got to pretend to be someone else. That someone else also got there first kiss on stage, a traumatic slobbery surprise! Shame on him.
I've only been in seven or eight musicals since then. Each one of them, I played someone new, and each time I've loved it. I've been a ballerina, ghost, singing tree, one of the ten virgins, diva, angel, and fairy.
Besides acting the part, the best part, hands down, is dressing up. Putting on a costume is like stepping into someone else's life. Want to feel like a princess? Dress like one. Wondering if you'd make a good Scarlett O'hara? Be her! Wish you'd grown up on a farm? Throw on those chaps and cowboy boots. Yee Haw!
I dress up for everything. Halloween starts months before October 31 so I can get a head start of my costume. I know some of the members of my Delicious Reads Book Club cringe at the thought of sometimes dressing like characters in our books. Not me! I get all giddy and then my mind starts turning the gears on what to wear. I run the Provo Halloween Half Marathon every year now. Not so much because I want to stay fit or prove a point. I just want to dress up and enjoy seeing others do the same.
|Me as Velma with The Scooby Gang|
|Me as Padme and the Star Wars Crew|
|Pink Lady at the Provo Halloween Half Marathon|
|Woman in White Book Club|
|I always wanted to be Harry Potter!|
Will dress-up ever get old? Strangely, I think it would feel like I wasn't being me. Trying on different characters is how I discover parts of who I am. In a life where many things can seem mundane and ordinary, why not try on something that makes you feel extraordinary.