Someone who beats her writer’s block with the mere thought of biriyani, Priyanka Natarajan, here in this blog is talking about her experiences with the last three batches of First Rush – evam’s Beginners Acting Course.
The one who is afraid of heights, doing bungee jumping; the one who is afraid of water, venturing into the never ending waves in an attempt to overcome the fear; the one who prefers to stick to the daily routine of life, but daring to step out of the shell to try something new. They all experience a rush within them which is more or less the same feeling our First Rushers feel when going on stage in front of an audience after a month long rigorous rehearsal process.
I have been with the last three batches of First Rush and its always a wonder to see how a bunch of people from various aspects in life come together, work and toil for a month to create an evening so memorable for the audience and even more for themselves. An engineer who usually spends 75% of his day on con-calls generally, is seen repeating and rehearsing his lines when stuck in traffic. An entrepreneur who generally closes deals sitting in the confines of his office, is seen going to costume rentals and bargaining costume deals with the shop keeper. All this to put up a show and to end the performance on a high.
For someone like me, who prefers to be backstage doing work, each and every batch of First Rush is a memory indeed. Starting from the two day workshop, where the participants break the ice and get to know each other, to the last day where everyone is having mixed feelings thinking about their performances, thinking about what to do next – everything is so special to witness from a close quarters.
Before each batch, when I go through the participant’s details, I used to wonder how would they gel with each other and come up with a show within a month! How would an engineer, a journalist, a soft-skills trainer, a college student work with the same wavelength or “chemistry” as it is said to be now! But I stand corrected every single time because by the end of the first week, all the First Rushers start working together like a well-oiled machine.
We had our 33rd batch of First Rushers graduating this month and for this batch we had three of our previous First Rushers write the scripts and thus ended up making this Graduation show even more special. It was almost like a collaborative effort of three First Rush batches.
As it happens every single time , the madness backstage was felt till the show started and the fact that it was a sold out show was another added factor. As promised in the course, it was the participants who took up production, prop sourcing and marketing of the play and they were all happy to see all efforts paying off with a full-house at their first performing night.
This doesn’t stop here. Having a director, who doesn’t stop his work after the show, helps and motivates them in a different way. There are plans to take this to the next level and to start performing regularly! Way to go guys! All the best!
The 34th batch of First Rush is happening in Chennai on November 11th and 12th and here’s the registration link – http://bit.ly/FirstRushNov :) – if you are looking to have this experience sign up!!!