There is no feeling in the world better than performing in front of a responsive live audience (well, with the exception of savouring a very tasty bbq chicken wing).
Gads, I shouldn’t have said that. Now I’m hungry.
I shall attempt to distract myself by…
Actually, I am very distracted today. I have been attempting to get this blogpost going since 40 minutes ago and I’m still at the fourth line now because I keep going away to FB chat and MSN chat and watch stupid YouTube videos that the silly people I’m chatting with keep linking to me.
Well, it’s a Saturday and I’m in quite a relaxed mood. I’m allowing myself a few hours to relax and ignore deadlines before I go bonkers.
And now, a photo to break the wall of text I’m unintentionally creating.
For this week’s performance, the dressing room is shared by about 12 actresses. (The guys get another room.) There are toilets and bathrooms and even a washing machine in here, which is nice.
It can get pretty crowded when everyone’s inside but, averagely, we have four or five in here at any given time because the rest are backstage standing by.
It can also get smelly. All kinds of smells I don’t really want to describe, including a raw meat smell because one of the props for one of the plays is a real raw chicken.
And it gets really noisy.
At all times, a monitor is feeding us footage from the stage while actresses are either busy making very loud and strange noises to warm up the vocals or busy chatting, though I don’t know how they can hear each other through that din.
Of course, there is also one actress busy camwhoring.
That’s my costume. I think I look like a lawyer. Haha.
I know I don’t look ugly in that suit, like I have been accused of falsely advertising. But I haven’t shown you the hair and makeup yet!
Like I mentioned before, I’m acting as a rat.
Some of you might protest that rats don’t wear suits. Others of you who have a perverse sense of humour might agree that some rats wear suits.
That I leave entirely up to you.
And, now, the ratifying transformation.
Okay lah, it’s not that ugly. It’s more funny, I guess. It’s only ugly when I make those crazy expressions on stage.
Most people think I’m supposed to be a cat when they first see this. Well, short of attaching fake incisors, which would really impede my speech (and my character is one garrulous rat), I don’t know how I can make myself look more ratty than catty.
Doesn’t really matter. It all becomes clear in the play, anyway.
Which won’t be seen in the performance because my character doesn’t smile and doesn’t act cute.
My character is a bitch.
And so fun to play.
Ah, acting can be so fun!
The downside to this makeup is that the black stuff used to draw my nose gets into my pores and, even after I clean it with four different kinds of cleansers, I still look like I have a bad case of blackheads. Haha. I think I have to go for a good, long facial after this is over.
And I have to wash my hair when I get home late each night because it’s all gelled stiff to make me look very severe.
There are still three more performances to go. Ticketing details here if you’re interested.
The whole show actually runs for about 2.5 hours because some plays drag on longer than 10 minutes. Mine is the last play and I think it’s pretty much about 10 minutes!
Come watch and remember to bring your sense of humour! It’s always sweet for actors when their jokes get laughed at.
15 thoughts on “Inside the dressing room”
Good luck on your performance and enjoy your weekend! Thanks again for the GTA4! :)
I’ve always said that you look good in business clothes, and now I’m proved right! Just lose the whiskers…
You do end up in the strangest parts
LOL! I like the ratty makeup!
Congrats… A star is born!
Break a leg!
I see you went with the med hair. Looks perfect!
Good luck on the show! Don’t rat anyone out.
Oh… I feel for your pores :(
No, no, the costume and the role makes perfect sense!
lawyer = rat!
Genius, I say!!
And yes, you wear the costume well.
Congrats, just saw your performance today and you were really good. As a true blue rat myself the play was very relevant as well. As far as getting out of the race goes “that is out of the question” but i do like cheese every once in a while:)
Hey there! Here’s to the Singapore Spirit!
I was just talking to Carolyn yesterday that you mentioned to me during full dress that you were in Rats and during the whole I didn’t realise that you were actually playing P!
I think you did a great job! See you around at the next Short+Sweet perhaps? :)
Don’t mind me asking but shouldn’t the triangle on your nose be pointing downwards like this?
nice pic … looks more like a cat than a rat … *hehe*
You should have mousie ears to help you look like a, er, rat. Aiyah rat, mouse, same lah.
Mouse = roundey ears
Cat = pointey ears
Although that wouldn’t help your ‘bitchy’ character since you’d look like a giant stuffed toy. haha.
wanna watch ‘Oliver!’ when it comes out in the West End…..
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