I never would have tried acting in high school because I was quiet, and acting must be for outgoing people. Right?*
Then, three summers ago, my son, who is one of the most introverted people I've ever known,** got involved with the community theater's production of The Music Man. He was in the barbershop quartet. He'd been in choir for a few years so I knew he could handle the singing.
What surprised me was that he could handle the acting. He really throws himself into it!
I'm so used to listening to people and not being expressive (i.e. imposing my emotions on them), that I find the acting part of community theater very difficult. Blocking and stage movement? Fine - I can learn them. Dance? Fine - fun! Singing? Like breathing - except longer.
Last year, someone videorecorded some of the songs during the dress rehearsal of Bye, Bye, Birdie. I thought I was being expressive, but, when I looked at the video I looked very wooden compared to the other chorus members. I was glad that they had posted it so that I could change. This year, I was watching what the other chorus members were doing in scenes so that I could learn from them. Dear husband said I was far more expressive at the closing performance.
I still wonder at why or how introverts act onstage - when they aren't necessarily emoting the rest of the time. I find it very interesting. On the other hand, in everyday life, introverts have to work hard to act like everyone else because being extroverted is the norm and expected. Stage acting is much more fun (and creative)!
Every summer, there's one Sunday rehearsal that is very long. We rehearse individual scenes, have dinner, and then we run through the show with the orchestra for the first time. It's a very long day.
By the end, you can tell the introverts in the cast because they're staring off into space when nothing's going on. The extroverts, on the other hand, are getting even more talkative.
There were lots of teens in the cast, and they're involved with theater in their high schools too. I'm rather jealous - I wish I'd done that back then.
* Well, that and the fact that I don't remember the high school I graduated from even having a drama program. The first high school I went to did have an excellent one, and I really enjoyed their performances. The drama department seemed like a foreign country to me, however.
** If you know him in person, and you're saying,"What?", introverted means social events sap your energy,*** not that you're shy. He's social, it just takes him a long time by himself to recharge.
*** Unless they're musical ones, which give him energy.