I’m writing this to you as there is only a week left to the show and there are a few things I want to share with you. The last 3 months have been quite a rollercoaster and I am very proud of all of you that you’ve made it this far. It’s not easy, you know? Between uni, deadlines and our own personal lives, the stress of this play is the last thing we all needed. But you all stuck it out and did some great progress!
I know that when it comes to direction, I can be a bit mean and ruthless. All those physical exercises and all day rehearsals…yeah you know what I mean. But you should also know that I only push you because I know you’re capable of better acting and you have the potential to improve your skills. With the little bit of experience that I have, I know it’s a cruel world out there for artistes and should any of you decide to pursue theatre in the future, I want you to be prepared. So, it’s better that you hear criticisms from me than some other director and be de-motivated. In this field, it takes years to build confidence and only a few seconds for it to be shattered.
The progress you all have made since February is remarkable. Having worked with you guys for the past 2 years, I can honestly say that I am so impressed with how well each and every one of you has improved their acting and ability to perform. Helge, I try not to be biased but your acting is impeccable and with a bit more training, you have the potential to make it big! Karolina, your character is one that everyone will remember because of the amount of dedication you’ve put in! Laurence, I’ve never seen so much focus on bringing a character – from dialogues to minor gestures, I’m stunned! Jessica, it’s probably the first time I’ve seen you play such a different character and may I say, absolutely fantastic! It’s as if this character is made for you! Paulyn, who knew you could act as well as you dance! I’m shocked (in a good way of course)! Tobi, the enthusiasm you bring out through your character is refreshing and I hope you continue to entertain audiences as you’ve done in this play.
To the cameo actors/dancers; Oona, Chris, Aaron, Stephen, Louis, Nina and Harry – it has been an absolute honour to work with you, I thank you for your time and commitment towards the project and you have all talent worth exploring!
Finally, to my co-director, co-writer, part time therapist and full time best friend, Minh. None of this would’ve been possible without your vision. All the late night calls, countless hours of planning and immense hard work that you’ve put into it; it’s all going to pay off next week. I’m so proud to have collaborated with you on this project and I’m sure the entire team at White Noise feels the same. Your optimism, energy, aura, ridiculous stubbornness – this is what is going to make the play special for me. Next week, the audience will see the result of two crazy Sagittarians working together. You’re a wonderfully talented director and I hope we get to collaborate for bigger projects in the future.
So before I end the letter, I want you all to know how much each of every one of you mean to me and this play along with all its memories is something I will cherish forever. And in the future, should any of you pursue theatre, White Noise Productions will always have a role for you. Good luck to all of you for the show and let’s kick ass! And remember, sky’s the limit so clip your wings back on, learn to fly again and soar as high as you want.