This past weekend I had the opportunity to be a part of the Bisbee Obscure Productions comedy show.
When the show began the members of the audience were asked to turn off all their electronic devices. Meanwhile, backstage, many actors are texting while they wait for their cue.
Some actors arrived in full costume, while others dressed backstage shortly before their performance.
Different actors have different ways of dealing with nervousness. Norma has the most acting experience. She said that she just does her part. In general the rehearsals can be quite rocky, but when it comes to show time, things usually come together. People generally put on their best performance when push comes to shove.
Carmen on the other hand is a good actress, but has a serious case of butterflies, especially before opening night. She tries to read a book although the only light available is the light that is being used for make-up. She asks the emcee if she needs some help. [Yes, she does, but she’ll have to put it together herself.]
The acts varied from very polished to works in progress. The acts varied from stand up routines to a large ensemble.
The skit that pilloried the Bisbee plastic bag rule was the most innovative, although a bit chaotic. Before the city meetings, citizens can have 5 minutes to address the mayor and council. Why not present a comical reaction to the issue?
Happy Thanksgiving to all of you.