I have recently run into a problem with multiple groups of students. Young thespians everywhere seem to be unable to stop eating. I think it will soon be an epidemic. Maybe it’s because they are terrified that the current economic state will render them penniless and cause them to starve. This past week, we have reached the point where, not only do the students need to snack on every break, but they need to constantly keep their food it their sight. The best example I can think of is the story of The Spotlight Sandwich :
Last Friday, I walk into the middle of a run through and I notice something on the edge of the stage, right where a spotlight should be shining.
It was a sandwich. I could not make sense of it for multiple reasons:
- There is not even the hint of a sandwich in our show
- The sandwich was abandoned. No one was eating it, no one was even acknowledging it’s existence. Students were acting around it, no one stopping to pick it up.
- It was on the floor.
So I point to the sandwich, the students all look at me and shrug, as if no one knows how or why it’s there, so I put it on the table in the auditorium. Later, the sandwich’s owner looks at me and says:
"Hey, you moved my sandwich!"
…he seemed upset. I hadn’t intended to offend him, or harm his glorious meal in any way. Slightly appalled I just stare at him for a second before responding,
"Yeah, it was in the middle of the stage"
WELL! He did not like that one bit, he stutters out, “Y-YEAH. I wanted it there!”
"Why?" I ask, actually, genuinely curious.
He couldn’t answer, so he grabs his sandwich and sulks off to eat it.
Today, as we finish running act I, the same student jumps off the platform he was sitting on, holding a ziplock baggy containing what appeared to be The Spotlight Sandwich. I stare at him. Shocked.
"Is that another sandwich!? What is up with you and sandwiches!?"
His answer was clear and concise, “I don’t know, I just like having it with me”