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Trying Something New

by Heather Eddy, Helena in LITsummer 

I think of myself as a musician, not an actor. My acting experience before LITsummer consisted mostly of a few lines in a musical before bursting back into song. When I came to audition, I told them I was interested in the musical that is happening later this season; anything involving Shakespeare seemed way out of reach for me. All I knew of Shakespeare I learned from a few viewings of Shakespeare in the Park and watching the old black and white Romeo and Juliet in high school English class. I said yes, but I had no idea what I was getting myself into. I had never seen anything by Sweet Tea before–and certainly not anything like a Lit show. At one of our first rehearsals we did a read-through, but instead of reading the script, everyone read their personal modern translation. The interpretations from my fellow cast members were full of hilarious jokes, bits, and pop culture references, and I was blown away. I’ve realized now that I can dive into Shakespeare for myself and surface with more understanding than I was expecting. LITsummer is outrageous and silly and so much fun, but it has also served to grow me as an actor. I’m learning how to ‘make a decision’ (note to self: this is something actors say) and to go for broke every time I’m delivering something that’s wonderfully absurd. You’re going to love it. See you there.

Jen Czechowski

Master of Market at Sweet Tea Shakespeare