On Sunday, the cast and crew of When We Grow Up finished its debut run of performances at Capital Fringe 2015. And while that may seem like the end to some people, it’s merely just the beginning.
I promise that’s not as cryptic as it sounds – let me explain.
First of all, this ends my current run as Terrance Hinton, the big (and usually sweaty by three minutes into the performance) nerd who is behind the frame of When We Grow Up. And while I may or may not be visiting him again in the future, for now I’ll say my farewell to him.
After finishing a run of the show, I reflect and see how the experience made me grow as an actor and person. Terrance certainly taught me a lot about cranking a character up to 11, and how exhausting character physicality can be; but he also reminded me of a few basic improvisational instincts that are important to anyone as an actor.
There truly is something refreshing about playing a thought-out character in an improvisational situation. This kind of scenario really lets you sink your teeth into what it is like to inhabit the role and the reality of the situation, no matter how extreme and kooky the current situation might be.
Along with reflection of the performance, finishing up a run also fills me with a great sensation of excitement for the future. The end of an artistic endeavor always leaves me with the feeling of “what’s next?” And, while I do have a few things up my sleeves for the future, the great many of it is unknown to me. Who knows what I will be doing next? I sure as hell don’t!
Perhaps I misspoke (typed, I suppose). Devising of the piece of When We Grow Up is still going on, and now the creative team has experience to work with and to help us refine this complex piece of theatre. Being able to perform the piece for an audience six times has given us innumerable amounts of insight into the future and refinement of this project. Using what we now know, we can allow When We Grow Up to evolve into a new iteration of itself.
The big question: how will When We Grow Up be changing?
That’s a fair question; and one that I can’t really answer. While I helped to develop this piece, I am by no means the authority on what was good, bad, and ugly. There is a whole ensemble that helped to define this show and make it what it is.
Finishing up our run at Capital Fringe isn’t the end for me or When We Grow Up. We both simply are on to the next part (I refused to use the word “chapter”) of our lives. So, the end isn’t really the end.
Not that I’m comparing myself to a play…that would be weird.