One of the talents I envy most in an actor is the gift of good timing. Of course you don’t have to be an actor to take advantage of this skill if you have it. It helps in life as well as in art.
I saw good timing in action yesterday morning at a breakfast launch of ‘Life Is …’ the Empire Theatre’s Season 2008. Chairman Peter Swannell has the gift of the gab as a speaker, and as MC, managed some deft one liners and killer punch lines. Ruth Hodgman, the Empire’s Manager of Programming, Promotions & Development had the job of coordinating the slideshow presentation, and did so with a beguiling ease. It’s not a simple job to stay focussed and keep the audience’s attention, while interacting with media, and all this at 7am. Nice work.
And it was time to announce the theatre’s own production for next year. There was a good buzz in the room of mainly business sponsors, staff, board members and friends as season 2008 was rolled out. As far as Cabaret is concerned, it’s now time for the theatre management to start the marketing and promotional activities, and for the creative and artistic team to block out the calendar for the rehearsal period and start the prepping.
Time for regular singing lessons for me in the New Year, and for hitting the fitness trail again. For me it’s always been running that’s got me fitter faster. I remember a nearly 6 month prep period way back when I was readying to play Nora in A Doll’s House for Queensland Theatre Company. I knew I’d be on stage for most of the 2 and a half hours playing time, wearing 19th century heavy costume, corseted and bustled, and in summer.
I’m not sure whether it’s going to be running for me just yet. Let’s go with walking and the stationary bike first and see where that gets me. Increased stamina, breath support, flexibility and just feeling as though I’m physically ready is what I’m aiming for. It’s the support system I need as an actor; if I’m feeling good physically, I’m ready for the creative and imaginative challenges … without it, I’m running to catch up.