New Years Resolutions: Musical Theatre Student Edition
It’s no secret that everything in a Musical Theatre Students life revolves around song and dance. Another year older means another year closer to new shows. Lets face it who isn’t excited about Hamilton opening in the the West End this year? Although MT students may be a different breed of lazy student, we still do the traditional ‘New Years Resolution’ just like everyone else. Just in case you were wondering what the stereotypical resolutions we make or maybe you’re looking for one yourself. Maybe, somehow you’ve managed to completely forget the promises we make ourself every year. I thought I’d compile a small list for you just so you could take a look for yourself. So lets get stuck in and look through the New Years Resolutions that we will undoubtedly abandon in a few weeks time.
Let’s be honest with ourselves, although we all desperately want to be able to drop into the splits at any possible necessary moment. There is no way we are prepared to put in the pain staking process of actually stretching our body every single day to get there. We’ll do it for maybe the first couple days of the new year, maybe even the first couple weeks. And then decide that our burning hips deserve a day off, but that we’ll get straight back to it once we’re much less sore. But will we really?
2. Save Our Money! To Go And Watch More Shows! Because Why Not?!
We all make this promise don’t we? It might be to save money in general, but in reality we know it will go on show tickets. We know that those ridiculously priced Phantom of The opera tickets are worth it. Even though we’ve seen the show 3 times already, we are convinced that this time it will be even better and that it’s still so worth the money! This may be the only New Years Resolution we might keep…but only for a while, until we blow all that money we spent saving on show merchandise….
3. Nailing That Single/Double/Triple Pirouette
It’s a Musical Theatre students dream to be able to whip round in a triple pirouette without a care in the world and not one of us can deny it. I’m sure I’m not the only one who is comfortable with a good single and a slightly unbalanced and un-spotted double. But it’s a major goal of mine to walk into a studio, bang out a perfect triple and leave everyone speechless and dizzy. But in reality, I will continue to forget about spotting and keeping up on relevé, it’s just an unfortunate fact.
4. Improve Our Vocal Range
There’s nothing more satisfying than belting out that E6 in Phantom, even if you do sound like a dying cat…I don’t know about you guys but at some point or another I always promise myself I’ll work on my range, forever wishing I had the vocal skills of an opera singer. I would definitely try and increase my range if it meant I wouldn’t have to do warm ups and exercises everyday, because although I sing or do something of the sort every 10 minutes, who really has the time? Or the effort or commitment? Unfortunately not me that’s for sure…
5. Learn A New Dance Style
I can’t be the only one who constantly wishes they could be a ballerina?! I know multiple people who are continuously telling themselves, and me for that matter, they’ll learn to tap, or do ballet, or commercial. And I frequently, not only on New Years, promise myself that I’ll work extra hard and make sure I’m as close to a prima ballerina as I can be. Luckily, I can already tap so thats at least one dance skill I can tick off of my never ending list.
I’m certain that there are many more stereotypical New Years Resolutions we make as MT students or just students in general. Like the classic, ‘Be Healthier’, or how about the ‘Be Fitter’, or maybe even the ‘Keep My Room Cleaner So I’m Not Constantly Disgusted By Myself ‘? But year after year, we always break these promises we try so desperately to keep (not really). But you never know, maybe this year we’ll keep them?