I found acting to be a challenge after such long break. Getting inside a character — their mannerisms and gestures, their motivations and emotions — was hard but rewarding. I enjoyed playing Sam, the loyal gardener. He had a lot of different facets to his character; angry, amazed, mournful, grateful, excited, fearful. To wring these out of a stage performance was a really exciting task.
Working with such a dedicated group of actors and directors was also a great pleasure. The Wayfarers collectively workshopped the play, re-writing the script and choreographing each scene, creating sets out of gesture and dance, and making beautiful costumes from simple materials. I felt as though our production really came together at the end of the week — Judy’s music was wonderfully fitting and tied the whole play together, however it was often difficult to ‘get it right’ while acting and moving on stage!
Gen was the best Balrog ever. Will played Frodo with thoughtful pride. Theo and Evan surprised everyone (including themselves) as excellent orcs. Katrina’s Messenger of Mordor was a show stealer. Aragorn was played solemnly and handsomely, with shaggy hair appropriate to the role, by Rohan. Merry and Pippin were wonderfully bright and chirpy hobbits.
I feel like everyone was switched on and had a wonderful contributions to make. It was a great experience and one that I will treasure as part of this multi-talented choir. I look forward to our next performance!