Talk at my Life Group from church often features the latest happenings at everyone’s universities. One Wednesday, the topic was BJU’s upcoming Concert, Opera, Drama Series (or Artist Series) event: Charles Dicken’s Great Expectations. A blank was then drawn when no one in the large conversation circle could recall the plot. 😅
This lack of information piqued my interest when I came across several people involved in the production. For example, I sat with the stage director (Meetra Hamedi) and an actor (Caleb Gleason) in my Spanish class. They often spent the minutes before instruction time talking theater, so I curiously joined their discussions. Between the two of them, they filled me in on the latest happenings of the Rodeheaver stage, from long rehearsals to practicing fight scenes in slow motion. 😁
I also connected with Savannah Scott, a fellow freshman I met during Welcome Week. She was an actress with what she said to be “a small speaking role.” From her, I learned about a small dance scene for which she had to learn how to waltz. 😁 From Savannah to Meetra to Caleb (and various others I came across), my excitement for the performance only built as each day passed.
To celebrate their one-year anniversary, friends Luke Black and Maddie Pott made plans to see Great Expectations. Upon finding out that attendance for Caedmon and I is mandatory, Luke proposed that the four of us go together. Taking initiative, Caedmon reserved our tickets and was able to get seats in the second row. 🙌🏼
I loved recognizing several of the actors, people I see on a regular basis suddenly revealed to be the possessors of astounding talent. One actress had an impressive, emotionally dramatic monologue which she executed with great success. 🙌🏼 Due to the lack of glasses, however, I did not recognize her to be Savannah until Caedmon pointed her out to me. 😅
After the performance, my party walked out behind Dr. and Mrs. Pettit, and I noted my appreciation for how he integrates himself with the people. 🙌🏼 Caedmon and I were saying goodbye to Luke and Maddie in the parking garage when my friend realized that we forgot to scan our IDs (how our attendance is marked). Relieved by his recollection, the two of us rushed back to Rodeheaver where we found an usher with a scanner. 😅 There we ran into church friend Claire Babetz and fellow JMC major Katie French, both of whom we conversed with before heading out again.
A fantastic job to the cast and crew! You could say great expectations were met. 😉