As type A as I am, not wanting to have an oddly numbered series (seven?), I feel that it may be time to draw this one to a close. I am looking forward to sharing more insights from the Guild with you all- but if I were to continue to publish it all- and in order- I'm not sure I would ever get back to "normal" posting!
I would like to wrap it up by telling you a bit about the last day.
The night before had seen us playing a rather heated, hilarious, and shall we say late game of Mao with Kathy Buchanan and Todd Busteed. What a memory for the last night...
As I drifted off to sleep anticipation of the mixed emotions of wanting to go home, yet not wanting the fellowship or the blessed teaching to end.
I woke up at 5am when my alarm on my phone went off. Devotions were at 6:15am but if you wanted coffee you have to get down there sometime around 6. My morning routine would take a bit of time to get ready, shower, makeup, hair...etc. But I sleepily picked up the phone, used my thumb to swipe the screen and turn off the alarm, and closed my eyes. I'm just going to rest for a second. Ha.
(Just keep in mind: this was the last day! All of the students were exhausted from the events of the week....)
Next thing I know, I opened my eyes and looked at the phone in horror: 6:05am.
There went my morning routine.
Blessedly, I had showered later in the previous day after swimming, and my makeup looked alright, so I jumped out of bed, slipped into my clothes for the day, and woke up my roommate as I was running out the door. I didn't want to miss the very last day of devotions!!!
There were two options on Thursday, to watch the making of (and perhaps act in) a short audio drama, or to practice/be in a play directed by Cathy Sara. Being that my family would like to do skits and plays together, I figured it was probably the best use of my time to do the play... We had four hours to learn the script on Thursday then perform on Friday. Believe it or not it went well! I was a bit awkward... I guess that's what happens when you've never acted before-but it was alright... :-)
Anyway, after the play in the Parlor, we all headed over to the Conference Center for the very last session.
Romantically, it started to rain... remember how I said that when I got there is was pouring rain? Here it was, the day that we were supposed to be leaving, and again the rain came down. Those of us that had been in Kathy Buchanan's class marveled at the sheer poetry. Mrs. Buchanan had explained to use that usually in a story, when you want to get into the heart of a character, when you want to come to know them more intimately and get to their soul, you bring in a scene of darkness or rain- and it seems to open up the dialogue, to soften the mood and invoke a feeling of intimacy with the character. At the beginning of the week, our hearts were opening up to God- we were willing and ready to learn what He had prepared for us that week. Now, on the last day, our hearts were hurting a bit that the week had to end, but again soft and open to whatever God had next in store for us.
That morning was such a treat! All of the students were gathered together and were able to view/listen to some of the work that had been done over the week. I was ecstatic as I watched and listened- everyone did such a fabulous job!
There were two "Film and Documentary" Electives... here are the videos that they made over the week:
Did you look for me? :-D
Actually, believe it or not- most of the classes that were filmed in the first video I was in- I was literally just a few feet to the right or to the left of the camera view... you do see me for one split second in the first one- but my hand is in front of my face. (I was supposed to "be struck by lightening"-cut me some slack!)
We also got to hear the audio drama that they made the day before: Actor with an Attitude (or Felicity's Toupee) They did such an amazing job (remember- FOUR HOURS to write the script, audition, record voices, add sound effects, compose music, etc. etc. etc) it made up my mind to definitely do the audio drama if I were to ever attend the Guild again!
I am so grateful for the opportunity that I had to attend the Guild- it was such a blessing to not only myself, for my own personal walk, and furthering of my talents, but I pray that I will be able to bless others around me with what I have learned. I have already said to a friend at church how I have to get the notes from Kathy Buchanan's class for her!
It was a growing experience for my in more ways than one... Let's just say, when I got home from this trip, my friends could barely believe some of the things that I did.
"You played Ultimate Frisbee- barefoot???"
"You went swimming in a lake???"
Thank you for reading, my dear friends!
I hope that you were encouraged and entertained as well as having gotten a little taste of my memorable week...
Be warned though, I do have some photos and such that I may be posting soon :-)
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