Crunch Time

“A Quiet Storm”

Written by Shawna D. Moore

March 9, 2019, @ 2 pm and 7 pm

Stillman College

Birthright Auditorium

I decided to lighten my content today. My last few posts have been really dark. So today I’m going to discuss the stage play “A Quiet Storm” written by Shawna D. Moore, coming to Stillman Colleges Birthright Auditorium on March 9, 2019. In approximately three weeks, I will grace the stage alongside the most seasoned, phenomenal actors for the very first time. I’m feeling so many emotions right now. But the greatest ones are pride and excitement!! I am proud to stand up for myself and conquer my biggest fear, social anxiety.

I can’t completely express in words how I feel right now. My nerves are not too bad, but I feel them trying to shatter when I think about how close we are to show day, less than three weeks away. But I am determined to beat this fear once and for all! It has held me hostage for over twenty years. No longer will I be afraid of groups of people or people in general. It may sound silly to some. But when you grow up sheltered with little to no contact with the rest of the world other than school, you tend to be afraid to associate with others because you were never taught how.

I knew this was the right journey for me when I walked into Shawna Moore’s home my very first day of rehearsal and felt at home. I didn’t feel nervous around anybody that came in. Usually, I’d freak out, excuse myself, and have to take deep breathes and put a cold towel on my head. But God is so good! This cast has become family and I know these relationships will last a lifetime. I’m honored they think I’m even good enough to be on the same stage with them.

I thought I would come in this, check off this accomplishments list and go on to the next. But I have grown to love acting. I am surrounded by the most talented people. I’m so grateful for the opportunity that has opened up a whole new world for me. Surprisingly, I hope to continue to act and do more stage plays. I know Shawna will make it to Hollywood one day and I am proud to have been part of her journey.

Now, it’s crunch time for us. We have three rehearsals a week now instead of two. It’s amazing to see this come together as it has. The audience is in for a full rollercoaster of emotions. You will laugh, cry, feel somber, feel joy; feel every emotion one at a time and all at once. This story is one that needs to be told. Our communities shy away from talking about and getting help for mental illness. Through Shawna Moore’s vision, hopefully, we touch at least one person and give them the courage to get the help they need. No one ever needs to go through their quiet storm alone.

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