Thursday, November 9, 2017

Don’t Stop Believing: From the Page To the Stage

Nothing stomps out a dream or a goal you’ve set for yourself more than fear, not believing and just plain not doing the work to accomplish it. 

I recently had a flashback to when I was in 5th grade and collaborated with two other classmates to write and perform a play for a talent show contest. It was a silly little play, but I remember it being great fun and we got a lot of laughs.  We did NOT win, but that’s okay!  We did it and we showed up.



So you might think I went on to participate in other theatre ventures in my academic years. The answer to that is...NOPE. 

However, I did sign up to take violin lessons, which I did from 5th grade to 9th grade. A loss of interest and lack of talent is when I decided to quit playing after 9th grade. I don’t regret that…quitting, but what I do regret is that I never

followed through with something else. That silly little play never gave me the gumption to participate in any other theatre opportunities nor did I ever try my hand at writing another one.

I only discovered, just recently, into my midlife years that this is where my soul has always been. 

In the early years it was fear, shyness and the lack of believing that kept me from doing anything about it. 

Maybe it wasn’t my time, yet. Maybe I was unclear of what I wanted. Maybe I thought it was silly and out of my element. 

Then life happened – making career choices, marriage and then being a mom. It literally took until I was 47 years old to audition for the first play I participated in. I wrote about that experience here at "The Audition - It's Never Too Late." 

So what happened after this?

It shook the fear off and showed me if you want something or want to shed light on a dream or goal you have to believe and do the work. 

Plain and simple. Shake the fear, believe in yourself and just do the work. 




In addition, pay attention to the clues that may be unfolding around you. It could be revealing your purpose and providing some new opportunities. Jump on those opportunities when you see them and then follow through. Just do the work. It may or may not amount to anything or maybe it WILL

I had one of those clues unfold for me just last week. The idea is something I’ve been thinking about for a while and it brought me back to that 5th grade talent show moment. 

There’s a local community theatre that holds an annual 10 Minute Play Festival that is pretty highly regarded in the Minneapolis/St Paul theatre community and every year they put out a request for playwrights and novice writers to submit their 10 minute play scripts for the chance to be selected for the festival. 

Just like the acting opportunity that jumped out at me, so has this opportunity. I decided to write my first 10 minute play and submit it for the festival. This is my “first” as I’m not counting that 5th grade production. Haha!  Therefore, it will be my first real script for a play and 10 minutes is a great place to start. 

There are some firm guidelines to follow and, not to mention, I’ve never done this before. So, I did my research, (love Google) thought about my story idea, started writing and I’m proud to say I just wrote my first script for a play.

Of course, it’s not over until the fat lady sings. It needs to be judged among hundreds of other submissions and accepted in the finals before it moves from page to stage. This won’t happen until January and the festival isn’t until next spring. 



I’ll keep my fingers crossed, but the reality of getting to the finals is slim. Not being negative, just being real. However, this process has taught me that it COULD happen at some point. I did the work and I will continue to keep writing, trying and submitting. 

You never know...it's possible that I'll see my story go from the page and brought to life on the stage one day. 

And…that’s a wrap from A Square Of Chocolate Productions. *wink*


What dream or goal have you been mulling over? Don’t stop believing!







Put your smile on and unwrap
   A Square of Chocolate,
Laurie O

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2 comments:

  1. Well said as always Laurie! Isn't it great to "feed your dream?" The older we get the less we judge ourselves and there is a freedom in that as you have learned. Hope your play will be put on the stage either by the contest or someday by you!

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    1. This project (dream) feels like a stretch, but you're right...at this age, there is a sense of freedom to just put it out there and see what sticks. Thanks for the encouragement, Anna!

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