The Magnolia Arts Center production of the "It's a Wonderful Life Radio Play"! Talk about a super fun and interesting production to be a part of. So, right after being a part of "The Breakfast Club" I decided to jump right into another one. And it's a Christmas play of all things, or so I thought.
I haven't seen this film since I was very young. As a rule, I tend to stay away from film adaptations of plays I have been in, The Breakfast Club being the exception due to multiple watchings. I don't like to let the film influence my performance. Going in, this was the first production I didn't audition for. I was literally handed a script and told when rehearsals were. I was a bit floored, but excited. Then, I was given my roles. Yes, roles. Plural. At first it was simply around 7, however, due to cast members having to drop out, I was awarded 13 voice roles. This was only 2 more than another cast member. Together we were literally 60% of the play. My roles consisted of Ernie the cab driver, Old Man Potter, Billy and Peter Bailey, and Joseph the Angel. Yes, each character needed to have a distinct voice. It was absolutely the most physically challenging thing I have done as an actor at the time and I loved it!
So what's one of the worst things that could happen opening night? I could get the flu. That could happen... and it did. I performed with a fever, dripping buckets of sweat, feeling like i was going to pass out at times. NOW it was one of the most physically challenging things I have done as an actor. But I made it through the first weekend, recovered, and came back stronger during the second. One of the funnier things was, because I spent so much time around the cast doing different voices, no one was sure of what I really sounded like. Some even thought I was British. The irony was that, over time, I did slightly lose my native speaking accent. I had to focus to get it back which led to forced speech patterns and a couple of comments on YouTube videos asking why I was trying to do an American accent. All in all, it was a fun experience and yet another production I am thankful to be a part of.