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  • Writer's pictureJenny Hanrahan

We're Back!!!!! [original blog post 9/20/2019]

WeepWopWoop here we go again. I'm back for year two at Circle in the Square Theatre School, and readers, I am filled with every kind of thrill and terror for the experience. This year will build upon the last in every kind of way: in challenge, material, demand e t c. I know that the limits I believe to exist in me will be pushed, poked, and prodded in every way imaginable tomorrow, let alone in the months to come. But it's only the second week, so for now I will simply step back and try (in my incredibly sleepy state of mind) to process what we've done, what we're gonna do, and what will all float around amid it all.


The first week saw us hitting the basement ground running. Our schedule is incredibly packed, and will only demand more of each of us as we get closer to our showcase in February. (side note: this showcase will be very different from Showcase Past due to the combination with the regular acting scene night into one single big-shabang-bonanza-spectacular). As second years, we dive even deeper into our scene work with two more classes: European scene study where we will be up to our ears in Chekhov/Russianness, and Musical Theatre scene study. I am personally stoked beyond belief for the latter, and a little stressy for the former. Likewise we are back in the saddle for Shakespeare study, voice, singing technique, stage combat (now feat. whacking each other w big sticks), dance, speech (now feat. dialect work), and lord even knows how much now. We also went to the zoo. Reader forgive me for my sloppiness; I am tired and still thinking about that popsicle I just ate and the bed I'm about to snuggle into with my sleepover buddy Zuly.


The center-most thing on my mind going into this year is that showcase, and all of the personal examination that is already going into its preparation. Between scene readings with Alan and musical performance classes with Sara, I am always floating in the giant question: Who am I? Who am I to this business? Who am I castable as right now vs down the line (especially concerning to me as I will likely age into my type). I am slowly and painstakingly working my way through these questions and believe me I will let you know when I figure out even a mote of any of it.


I WILL SAY, however, that my own state of being, my feeling of Jen-ness upon the start of this year is miles and eons different from that which I had at the start of first year. With a year of Circle and of living and working in NYC under my belt, I feel a vastly stronger presence in my own person. This extends to the theatre work as well. Disclaimers of terror and knowing-nothing-about-anything-ever aside, the confidence that I am now bringing into this year is already allowing me to have so much more depth and fun in my work, whether I am duking it out with a fictional boyfriend or singing my way through a beautiful Lippa song. I am entering this year feeling grounded, mindful, and very and truly excited to blast off.

chat soon loves xoxo


how we feel to be back together again

ALSO SHOUT OUT TO PAUL AND ALLIE WHO READ THIS BLOG AND ARE NOW AT CIRCLE AND TO ANYONE ELSE READING THIS BLOG WHO HAS BIG DREAMS AND HEARTS. HUGS 2 U.

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