You sit at your desk, notes in clammy hands, breaths shaky. The professor calls your name. This is it. You slide out from your desk and meekly make your way to the front of the class—to the podium. You stare out into a room full of faces staring blankly back. You then stare down at your notes and wonder why none of them make any sense. But this is a communications class. You have to start talking at some point.
If this ranks up among Falling Into Shark-Infested Waters and Being Chased by Flying Monkeys as one of your worst nightmares, then you might be interested in the following fun fact: Acting I can act as an alternative course to Introduction to Communication in fulfilling your communication requirement.
Wait, you might say. Acting is pretty scary, too!
Before you have flashbacks of your stage fright in the third-grade school play, let’s talk about Acting I.
Acting I—THEA 100—is purely the basics of acting. It’s not Shakespeare. It is just the fundamentals, the building blocks. No one is expected to be able to stand up and recite a soliloquy on the first day of class—in fact, you might not even pick up a script for the first month or so. You will be focusing instead on movement, on how to respond to others, on how to draw from your own life experiences in order to make the most out of your characters and scenes. Expect some stretches; expect some running around the theatre (maybe even a game of tag).
An “A” in Acting I isn’t based on whether your final scene performance could win you an Oscar. It’s not based on whether you end up changing your major to theatre. It’s based on your willingness to explore the world around you and the world inside you: skills that you can pack up and carry with you as you move through Fox and into the “real” world, no matter what career path you end up on.
So if you’re still waiting on that Comm credit, consider taking the stage instead of the podium. It might not be as scary as you think.