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It’s Time to Chef It Up by Henry Pennington

It’s my senior year, and I’m not sure if I should be talking about how all these young whippersnappers are blowing me away with their talent and kindheartedness or if I should be reflecting on all the wonderful memories that I’ve made here with Nathan Hale Theatre. Gosh, that sounds like a conclusion within the first sentence, woops. Anyway, I’m super-duper amped to be able to play Beralde in this show. So far, I’ve been having a hard time gathering everything he is as a character and squishing it into a space where it will all stay together. Even though this character-building process is difficult I really do love it, especially the little eureka moments I have throughout random hours of the day. I’m talking ANY hour of the day, especially at night. (Not sure what that says about me, but there it is.) This is going to sound cheesy, but I’m learning a lot from creating this character with myself, and there are some traits we share, but there are also some that we don’t. By the time you good people are reading this, I’ll probably have more of the rough spots figured out and really be able to start settling into character, so don’t you even worry about it. I always find it fun how soon in the process these blogs like to sneak up on me, it’s kind of nice the way that happens. I mean sure; I might not want to disclose at exactly what hour I wrote this, or how many times I had to re-write each sentence so that it actually made sense but that is all part of this little, tiny thing I like to call THE PROCESS. I see this thing that I’m referring to as THE PROCESS, as similar to eating your vegetables. The task in its entirety is somewhat daunting, but you know it’s good for you, and you know that if you cook it up just right, it’ll truly be something you enjoy. So, what’s the moral of this lovely analogy? Eat your vegetables.

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