Actor Dreams

So a general dream I have when I am doing a show is that I show up to perform something, but learn that we have completely changed the show, and I am expected to go on in a few moments to perform a show I’ve not learned. It generally leads to me doing all sorts of things backstage to learn the lines and blocking for the next scene.

I don’t normally have this dream when I am not in a show, but last night I did. In my dream I was supposed to be performing “The Scarlet Pimpernel” but the music director was angry. She had booked us to perform at this opera house, but they wanted to use their conductor and orchestra. So she decided that instead of “The Scarlet Pimpernel” we would be performing something by Shakespeare. Apparently everyone got this memo, except for me. So I showed up, and learned I had a lead role, and immediately started memorizing lines. One of my fellow cast mates was apparently a bit off that day, because she was distracting me by telling me she had picked out her wedding dress. Unfortunately, it was not a dress at all! It was a Heidi-esque jumper. I ended up leaving the room to study my lines, and the room I entered was a big swimming pool. I learned my lines, and thankfully I woke up before I got pushed out onto stage.

Normally my dreams are a lot like that, except I get pushed out onto stage and kind of stumble through the scene. Sometimes I change a line, since I don’t remember one, and it completely screws up the plot. So then we have to find a way to resolve the additional problem I added.

Anyway, it’s been a while since I posted, and this was on my mind. Anyone else have any particular dream like this? Other actors? Do you dream something like this about a different profession?



  1. Tanglethis said,

    June 22, 2010 at 11:57 pm

    Hee. Dream logic. Where did that Heidi jumper come from?

    I have dreamt about teaching classes since I was a high school teacher. They come most often right before a semester begins, unsurprisingly. Usually I have no idea what the course is, and have to improvise a lesson. Sometimes I’m awesome, start off an intense discussion, and the students are into it. Sometimes I mumble and they are silent.

    I have not had a performing dream that I can remember, but I did once dream about being unprepared to run stage left backstage at Menopause the Musical. I started running around like a chicken but the Stage Right stopped me, pointed through the curtains to where the actresses were performing just fine without us, and we sat back to chill.

  2. kyoske said,

    July 9, 2010 at 9:53 pm

    I do not understand your comment.

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