Of comfort zones, adaptability, and other ponderables…

Nov 4, 2012 | 0 comments

Yesterday was our first (and only) rehearsal of “Shoalwater Shenanigans” at the Fort Columbia Theater.  The show was designed for and developed in the Oysterville Church space and adapting it for a “real” stage with room for all performers and musicians plus backstage areas and actual lighting instruments (complete with a lighting technician) was a giant step – backward or forward remains to be seen.

I am probably the oldest of the cast members and I do concede that change – any change — requires more effort as I age.  My ability to ‘adapt’ at the spur of the moment (never my long suit anyway) is fast disappearing.  So, I was somewhat consoled by the trepidations expressed by the other actors and am hanging onto director Sandy Nielson’s assurances that it will all come together just fine.  Plus, it was a dress rehearsal and the old adage “bad dress rehearsal means a good show” seem like good words to live by.

The musicians, though, seemed to sail through the afternoon with equanimity.  I wonder why.  Is it a difference in personalities or a difference in responsibilities?  Maybe it’s simply the soothing quality of the music.  (Remember the advice of Anna in “The King and I” – Whenever I feel afraid, I hold my head erect, And whistle a happy tune…?)

 I do know that some people just have a more extensive ‘comfort zone’ than others.  I think I first became aware of that when I was a little girl.  My cousin Alice was always the one who pitched in after family dinners – cleared the table, began washing dishes, whatever was needed.  Some of the rest of us followed her lead feeling, I always thought, shamed into action rather than really wanting to help.

It never seemed to matter to Alice whose house we were in or whether she had ever been there before.  Her comfort zone extended to unknown cupboards and unexplored pantries.  As the years have gone by, I’ve found that many friends have this same ability – instant and complete adaptability.  It’s a skill I could certainly use when it comes to the new performance venue for “Shoalwater Shenanigans.”


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