I first got to hear about the auditions for Bangalore Little Theatre’s production Maya Bazaar from a friend who knew I was interested in theatre. It didn’t matter that I had never acted in a play before, apart from the mini-plays we used to stage in school where my most famed role was of Joseph in a Nativity play. I still somehow wanted to step my foot in. So, I went for the auditions thinking it would be a learning experience, an initiation of sorts if nothing else, and somehow a few weeks later, got an email where I found out that I had landed the role of Asambhav, one of the two crazy magicians who form a comedy element in the play.
My first time in a play and it was being produced by Bangalore’s oldest theatre group, with multi-cast to boot, many of who were already acquainted with one another. It was obvious that I was nervous, especially during the very first rehearsal in September. Twenty people of all ages and possessing vastly different, some might say quirky, personalities, we started off awkwardly, still getting used to each other and the script. As I was new at this acting thing, I remember thinking how we would ever be able to put up a decent play with all the memorizing lines and cues and “blocking” (a term I had learned only then). But as days passed rehearsals started going smoother till one day our director Sridhar rewarded us with an amazing line, “Remember this day’s rehearsal people! This is our benchmark, what we have to match up to and surpass in our shows”.
We’ve completed around 18 shows around Bangalore till date and each show presents us with more and more insights into the different characters of Maya Bazaar. And also, reveals a bit more of the people who play them. I am proud to say now that along with having the opportunity to get to know this amazing cast and performing for a good cause, Maya Bazaar has been a most rewarding first-time stage experience!
So if you haven’t caught a show yet, here is your last chance to watch it at Rangashankara.
Come be a part of the grand finale of this magical journey.
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This article has been penned by Swati Parasuraman