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May 26, 2010


i’ve listened from backstage….

by Andrea O'Connell

I’ve listened from backstage, to people applaud.  It’s like – like waves of love coming over the footlights and wrapping you up. Imagine…. to know, every night, that different hundreds of people love you…. they smile, their eyes shine – you’ve pleased them, they want you, you belong. Just that alone is worth anything. ~All About Eve

I know this feeling. Oh how I miss the theatre.

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  1. Weezie
    May 28 2010

    Andrea; You have such a creative soul and understanding for anything artistic. I do remember All About Eve, the movie. It felt so painful to watch a star try to rise and do anything to get the applause. Yes it is a rush, just like the other night on American Idol. I don’t believe he ever thought he would win, nor the audience, but underneath all those phone calls, kids just wanted to give a hand up and let that boy win. The most unlikely of candidates and yet, everyone was soooooo happy for him. It was a night he will never forget, because the winning of a contest that large only happens to a person once. After that, people pay to hear you perfrom. It’s no longer about the contest but about your next best performance.

    sorry you miss it so much, Can you not apply to be an usher in a theartre for part time fun?

    As for me and my voice; I’m leaving it in the shower.
    Take care friend and have a wonderful Memorial Day weekend.

    • Andrea
      May 28 2010

      Oh Weezie, thank you for your lovely post! I didn’t watch American Idol this season…darn! and I usually enjoy seeing the performers, too. I love it when the one most deserving and most loved wins! It warms the heart, that’s for sure.

      I do miss the theatre… I will go back though, one day (maybe sooner rather than later… not sure yet!)

      I have many dear friends who perform locally and I do go to the theatre fairly often, thankfully! The theatre is a great teacher. It’s a true art form because you create art with your whole being. It helped me to develop as a person – to see the human condition with more clarity and sensitivity. Being an actor is to develop an inner eye that helps to connect you to the character via empathy…. For me, each time I worked to find the inner core of a character that I portrayed, I’d end up getting closer to finding my own inner core. Because, after all, what is life but a journey to find ourselves…

      Big hugs my dear friend!


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