For a young actor, it's like taking a masterclass every night.
Samantha Hill is the youngest in the 13-strong cast of August: Osage County. And she shares the stage with some pretty serious talent, including Martha Henry, Sharon Bajer and Arne MacPherson.
SCENE asked Samantha what it's like to perform with such luminaries.
One of my favourite scenes in August: Osage County has to be the dinner scene that takes place in act two. For a young actor, it's like taking a masterclass every night. True, I am on stage at the time, but from my "kid's table" vantage point, I get to see all the hilarious, tragic action unfold from the best seat in the house.
Samantha Hill and Arne MacPherson (Bruce Monk)
As I mimed eating in rehearsal, I would catch myself stuck in audience mode, fork in hand, mouth open, fully engaged in the amazing writing of Tracy Letts being brought to life by so many actors I admire, including Canada's first lady of theatre, Martha Henry.
Martha and I have only a few moments together on stage, but in this scene, I get the pleasure of being berated by Martha's character, Violet Weston, my acid-tongued grandmother. With one sharp comment, Vi not only cuts to the core of Jean (my character), but also gives Samantha, the actor, chills. She's just that amazing.
What a gift this play has been, not only the moving story and its dysfunctional characters, but also the people I've had the opportunity to learn from. I could go on and on, naming countless other extraordinary moments in this production.
Throughout the rehearsal process I've somehow managed to stop my gawking and pull it together. However, I'm still in awe that I get to be a part of this superb company of artists. Now that we've opened, I look forward to only growing fonder of this show and our little "Osage" family. Plus I now get real food to eat. This content is provided by Samantha Hill.
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