Today is our final day of performance. “Southern Fried Funeral,” will at last be put to bed and so will the proverbial pie in the face. Although my character, Ozella Meeks, is definitely worthy of a such an action, because she’s a real pain in the neck.
When I challenged myself to audition for another show it was partly due to ego, I guess. I wanted to know if I could still audition at my age. Fortunately there was a character which perfectly matched my age. The director must’ve seen some potential and cast me in the part. For the past few weeks I’ve been getting into Ozella’s skin and have had a blast being on stage again after ten years or so. Unfortunately, no one in the play likes Ozella, other than Ozella.
In all my years of acting, I’ve never been the recipient of a pie in the face, but this ancient body was a willing brunt of the joke for five shows. Today we put Ozella, the Frye family and their friends to bed. It’s hard to say goodbye to this silliness, because of the friendships forged, the acceptance within a wonderful ensemble cast, and the energy caused between actors and audience. So what’s next?
On Wednesday I’ll begin working with adults 55+ students – those who may have participated in theatre in their younger years – are still performing – those who have no theatre experience whatsoever. I have no idea how many will show up, what a wonderful new adventure this will be. I may be old, but this old body and mind wants to stay active and vital to my community. With that being said, it could be easier getting a pie in the face. However, I’ve now accomplished taking one for the team, so whatever comes next is going to be a step up