Down Time

by RoxyRegionalTheatre on June 7, 2011

Rehearsals are going smoothly, the songs are shaping up, and Almost Heaven: Songs of John Denver is all set to open on Friday night. This process has obviously been what my life has revolved around during my time in Clarksville. From Hamlet to now Almost Heaven it has been my job to make sure I am performing to the best of my ability each show. But what is an actor to do when we’re not in rehearsal or performance? How do we fill our time?

I am lucky enough to have wonderful people in the cast to pass the time with. Lately we have turned to swapping music or showing off our movie collections (or whatever’s next on the Netflix queues). It’s been a very fun experience. I think you can find out a lot about a person from the music or movies that they’re into. It gives away what your emotional buttons are, what affects you. Being able to share this type of time with someone you can’t help but bond with them. I’ve been exposed to a lot of things that I wouldn’t have been if it wasn’t for crossing paths with these other actors. This may make me sound like a bit of a hippie but being exposed to things like new music and movies can be enlightening.

In addition Bryan Benware, Kendall Anne Thompson and I have started a workout program at Total Fitness with Nino Mora. It has been a more intense workout then I’ve ever had. But then I guess being active begets more activity. I’ve become so used to being busy with shows and rehearsals that when I’m not involved with them I don’t want to stop moving. We have also begun frequenting the softball fields by the library with our youth Louisville Slugger and either our tennis balls or our farm league baseballs. I’m keeping hope alive that I’ll be in the majors some day soon.

All in all I can’t complain. I’m able to work my craft and I’m getting to know wonderful people. What more can someone ask for?

– – Keith Panzarella

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