shake and shimmy it and have some fun
I didn’t know anyone in the class, but they were all very enthusiastic, and Seth had some great ice-breaking warm-up exercises. The first was a status scene; everyone drew a numbered piece of paper, and the lower your number, the higher your status. Nobody knew what the others had drawn, and if two people had the same status, tough. Find a way to coexist without canceling each other out.
I had a 1, meaning I was the highest status. It occurred to me halfway through the scene that this tan, short-haired girl must have had the same number. We stared each other down, wordlessly fought over a chair and worked together to make someone else leave. It was incredibly tense. Then Seth called ‘scene,’ and immediately the girl jumped up and hugged me, saying ‘that was awesome!’ I thought, ‘who is this cool girl?’
I would learn that her name was Amanda Allan, and she is indeed a cool girl.
We’d go on to perform together in Holiday Spectacular, Instant Cinema II, Butter, and a show I wrote, in which Amanda gamely played a dancing boy. She is one of the nicest, most genuinely talented people I know, and if her auspicious beginnings in voice-over are any indication, this girl is going to be HUGE. She’s been so graciously successful and so humble about it that people who don’t even know her are rooting for her (this is due in part to me bragging about her to non-mutual friends).
You heard it here first: HUGE.