Once in a Lifetime Opportunity: Playing a Farmer

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With the Only Animal Member of the Cast

 

 

Farmers

With My Team Members, “The Farmers” of Ridiculous Darkness

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Thank you for calling me. I would be happy to be an audience member.”

  “Wait a minute, no! We want you on the stage! As an actor!”

   “What!”

Sometimes an opportunity comes when you least expect it. That’s what happened to me in the summer of 2017. To participate in a theatre production was not part of my plan and I thank Daniel Arnold, the Producer of Ridiculous Darkness, for not giving on me.

It’s ironic that I thought he wanted me as an audience member, not an actor, when we met for the first time at Roundhouse Community Centre in Vancouver’s Abilities Expo. After the phone call, I realized this could be a priceless, once in a lifetime opportunity for me!

Of course, I got paid for participating, but the money was only a part of it. The total sum of what I have gotten by playing the role of a farmer, along with other people with disabilities, is incalculable. I must write about the whole experience and share it with other people.

Being on stage to play a role in Ridiculous Darkness was an adventure because I had to step way out of my comfort zone and devote myself to the task. It was my first time.  Memorizing my lines took a lot of practice. Even more difficult was summoning the courage to speak them out loud in front of other people. I did it with my team during the rehearsals, and while facing the audience during the performances.

After that I felt proud and that pride was well-earned.

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