Today marks a week before opening night! Watching everyone progress with their characters is really exciting. At this point in the process, we have been able to work with the set and most of our props. I have enjoyed being a part of the process and watching the show come together.

In 2010, I was a part of The WordPlayers production of Anne of Green Gables. My role then was more of a minor role, so I didn’t get to see much of the development process. This time around, I have been able to get to know the cast and develop deeper relationships with them and their characters.

On Tuesday night, it seemed everyone came into rehearsal with an empty stomach. The only thing we had to munch on while waiting “backstage” was a bag of goldfish. By the end of the night, the smell of goldfish was prevalent in the room. It seemed like we should re-title the play Anne of Pepperidge Farm. 

Sometimes it can be easy to get caught up in all of the things that go into performing a play. You have to remember your lines, cues, blocking, etc. For me, it has been a rather overwhelming process.

I’m always afraid that I’ll mess up a line, or that I’ll be on the left side of the stage when I really should have been on the right. I’ll come home kicking myself in the pants and wishing I had done a better job. For the first couple of weeks, it really took a toll on me. Through personal study and the encouragement of friends, I came across two Bible verses.

Philippians 4:6, “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.”

Psalm 115:1, “Not to us, O Lord, not to us, but to your name give glory, for the sake of your steadfast love and your faithfulness!”

These verses were a great blessing to me. I was reminded that I don’t need to worry so much about my performance. God is in control of every aspect of my life and I don’t need to worry if I mess up or not. As long as I do my best and give glory to God in all that I do, I’ll be doing just fine.

Anne of Avonlea opens in just a week! You can see performance dates and times by clicking here, or you may purchase tickets online