Stirrings of Memory While Reading an Assignment

While reading Tom Stoppard’s Arcadia, I’ve suddenly remembered that I often fell in love with the books in the theatre department of our high school. You see, there were lots of old books on the shelves of the infamous Green Room of that theatre. They were the ample source of pulling last-minute props, but they were rarely used for actual final set peices, so they all sat on the shelves of the Green Room for most of the time. Of course, we’re all crammed into the Green Room for performances, but other than then, the room was used for storage. I fell in love with these books while sitting on someone’s lap on a falling-apart couch that was rumored to have lots of experience in sexual affairs, in the corner of the tiny room filled with teenagers trying to be quiet and simultaneously trying to keep themselves from rotting away from boredom. At the same time of being endangered of rot, we were also bouncing off the walls because of all the glorious backstage energy that happens in a theatre. I was also prone to that energy, and being a very tactile person, my nervous hands fell to these books. They were mostly Reader’s Digest Condensed books, just because they all have the look of being old and well-to-do books and yet completely worthless, but my hands fell particularly in favor with a very thick hardcover book with handsome red cover and gold lettering on the side. Someone might have shoved it into my hands to accompany my character in the play (Chava in Fiddler) who is especially quiet and yet ponderous, but before long, my mind became bored and restless, so I opened the book and started reading. I borrowed it during the show and took it home to read- nobody missed it- and returned it half a year later. The book ended up being The Agony and the Esctasy by Irving Stone. Our unimportant theatre department owned a classic in its props collection. I was, and stil am, astounded.

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About The Original Kate

Along with artistic tendencies, Kate enjoys unusual people and is constantly striving for some sort of nonconformity. Kate offers a perspective that is thoughtful but well-written and full of images within the words. Other tidbits that might intrigue: she has very long auburn hair, and, you guessed it, her favorite color is orange.

Posted on November 3, 2006, in From Rabid-Mormon Land Known As Utah. Bookmark the permalink. 36 Comments.

  1. I have found that most theatres have forgotten gems like that, be they books or records or antique furniture. None of the theatres here have a props room–everything is kept at a warehouse elsewhere. It’s sad not to be able to race up a flight of angry metal stairs to find yourself in a land of knick-knacks and bedraggled couches. I took so many heavenly naps up there, and more often just lay with my eyes closed, listening to every little sound that lofted up to the top of the theatre.

    I do not miss high school. I still talk with just about all of the people that I would miss if I didn’t, and my favorite teachers are mostly gone. I do not miss the times of little responsibility and meaningless drama. But oh, how I miss that theatre!

  2. I have found that most theatres have forgotten gems like that, be they books or records or antique furniture. None of the theatres here have a props room–everything is kept at a warehouse elsewhere. It’s sad not to be able to race up a flight of angry metal stairs to find yourself in a land of knick-knacks and bedraggled couches. I took so many heavenly naps up there, and more often just lay with my eyes closed, listening to every little sound that lofted up to the top of the theatre.

    I do not miss high school. I still talk with just about all of the people that I would miss if I didn’t, and my favorite teachers are mostly gone. I do not miss the times of little responsibility and meaningless drama. But oh, how I miss that theatre!

  3. I have found that most theatres have forgotten gems like that, be they books or records or antique furniture. None of the theatres here have a props room–everything is kept at a warehouse elsewhere. It’s sad not to be able to race up a flight of angry metal stairs to find yourself in a land of knick-knacks and bedraggled couches. I took so many heavenly naps up there, and more often just lay with my eyes closed, listening to every little sound that lofted up to the top of the theatre.

    I do not miss high school. I still talk with just about all of the people that I would miss if I didn’t, and my favorite teachers are mostly gone. I do not miss the times of little responsibility and meaningless drama. But oh, how I miss that theatre!

  4. I have found that most theatres have forgotten gems like that, be they books or records or antique furniture. None of the theatres here have a props room–everything is kept at a warehouse elsewhere. It’s sad not to be able to race up a flight of angry metal stairs to find yourself in a land of knick-knacks and bedraggled couches. I took so many heavenly naps up there, and more often just lay with my eyes closed, listening to every little sound that lofted up to the top of the theatre.

    I do not miss high school. I still talk with just about all of the people that I would miss if I didn’t, and my favorite teachers are mostly gone. I do not miss the times of little responsibility and meaningless drama. But oh, how I miss that theatre!

  5. I have found that most theatres have forgotten gems like that, be they books or records or antique furniture. None of the theatres here have a props room–everything is kept at a warehouse elsewhere. It’s sad not to be able to race up a flight of angry metal stairs to find yourself in a land of knick-knacks and bedraggled couches. I took so many heavenly naps up there, and more often just lay with my eyes closed, listening to every little sound that lofted up to the top of the theatre.

    I do not miss high school. I still talk with just about all of the people that I would miss if I didn’t, and my favorite teachers are mostly gone. I do not miss the times of little responsibility and meaningless drama. But oh, how I miss that theatre!

  6. I have found that most theatres have forgotten gems like that, be they books or records or antique furniture. None of the theatres here have a props room–everything is kept at a warehouse elsewhere. It’s sad not to be able to race up a flight of angry metal stairs to find yourself in a land of knick-knacks and bedraggled couches. I took so many heavenly naps up there, and more often just lay with my eyes closed, listening to every little sound that lofted up to the top of the theatre.

    I do not miss high school. I still talk with just about all of the people that I would miss if I didn’t, and my favorite teachers are mostly gone. I do not miss the times of little responsibility and meaningless drama. But oh, how I miss that theatre!

  7. I have found that most theatres have forgotten gems like that, be they books or records or antique furniture. None of the theatres here have a props room–everything is kept at a warehouse elsewhere. It’s sad not to be able to race up a flight of angry metal stairs to find yourself in a land of knick-knacks and bedraggled couches. I took so many heavenly naps up there, and more often just lay with my eyes closed, listening to every little sound that lofted up to the top of the theatre.

    I do not miss high school. I still talk with just about all of the people that I would miss if I didn’t, and my favorite teachers are mostly gone. I do not miss the times of little responsibility and meaningless drama. But oh, how I miss that theatre!

  8. I have found that most theatres have forgotten gems like that, be they books or records or antique furniture. None of the theatres here have a props room–everything is kept at a warehouse elsewhere. It’s sad not to be able to race up a flight of angry metal stairs to find yourself in a land of knick-knacks and bedraggled couches. I took so many heavenly naps up there, and more often just lay with my eyes closed, listening to every little sound that lofted up to the top of the theatre.

    I do not miss high school. I still talk with just about all of the people that I would miss if I didn’t, and my favorite teachers are mostly gone. I do not miss the times of little responsibility and meaningless drama. But oh, how I miss that theatre!

  9. I have found that most theatres have forgotten gems like that, be they books or records or antique furniture. None of the theatres here have a props room–everything is kept at a warehouse elsewhere. It’s sad not to be able to race up a flight of angry metal stairs to find yourself in a land of knick-knacks and bedraggled couches. I took so many heavenly naps up there, and more often just lay with my eyes closed, listening to every little sound that lofted up to the top of the theatre.

    I do not miss high school. I still talk with just about all of the people that I would miss if I didn’t, and my favorite teachers are mostly gone. I do not miss the times of little responsibility and meaningless drama. But oh, how I miss that theatre!

  10. I have found that most theatres have forgotten gems like that, be they books or records or antique furniture. None of the theatres here have a props room–everything is kept at a warehouse elsewhere. It’s sad not to be able to race up a flight of angry metal stairs to find yourself in a land of knick-knacks and bedraggled couches. I took so many heavenly naps up there, and more often just lay with my eyes closed, listening to every little sound that lofted up to the top of the theatre.

    I do not miss high school. I still talk with just about all of the people that I would miss if I didn’t, and my favorite teachers are mostly gone. I do not miss the times of little responsibility and meaningless drama. But oh, how I miss that theatre!

  11. I have found that most theatres have forgotten gems like that, be they books or records or antique furniture. None of the theatres here have a props room–everything is kept at a warehouse elsewhere. It’s sad not to be able to race up a flight of angry metal stairs to find yourself in a land of knick-knacks and bedraggled couches. I took so many heavenly naps up there, and more often just lay with my eyes closed, listening to every little sound that lofted up to the top of the theatre.
    I do not miss high school. I still talk with just about all of the people that I would miss if I didn’t, and my favorite teachers are mostly gone. I do not miss the times of little responsibility and meaningless drama. But oh, how I miss that theatre!

  12. I have found that most theatres have forgotten gems like that, be they books or records or antique furniture. None of the theatres here have a props room–everything is kept at a warehouse elsewhere. It’s sad not to be able to race up a flight of angry metal stairs to find yourself in a land of knick-knacks and bedraggled couches. I took so many heavenly naps up there, and more often just lay with my eyes closed, listening to every little sound that lofted up to the top of the theatre.
    I do not miss high school. I still talk with just about all of the people that I would miss if I didn’t, and my favorite teachers are mostly gone. I do not miss the times of little responsibility and meaningless drama. But oh, how I miss that theatre!

  13. I loved that theatre. It had such history for being so young. I had so much fun during those shows too. Maybe you should have kept that book for memory sake. Not like it would be missed…plus I’m sure you are one of the very few that read any book in there. ^_^ Memories are so fun!

  14. I loved that theatre. It had such history for being so young. I had so much fun during those shows too. Maybe you should have kept that book for memory sake. Not like it would be missed…plus I’m sure you are one of the very few that read any book in there. ^_^ Memories are so fun!

  15. I loved that theatre. It had such history for being so young. I had so much fun during those shows too. Maybe you should have kept that book for memory sake. Not like it would be missed…plus I’m sure you are one of the very few that read any book in there. ^_^ Memories are so fun!

  16. I loved that theatre. It had such history for being so young. I had so much fun during those shows too. Maybe you should have kept that book for memory sake. Not like it would be missed…plus I’m sure you are one of the very few that read any book in there. ^_^ Memories are so fun!

  17. I loved that theatre. It had such history for being so young. I had so much fun during those shows too. Maybe you should have kept that book for memory sake. Not like it would be missed…plus I’m sure you are one of the very few that read any book in there. ^_^ Memories are so fun!

  18. I loved that theatre. It had such history for being so young. I had so much fun during those shows too. Maybe you should have kept that book for memory sake. Not like it would be missed…plus I’m sure you are one of the very few that read any book in there. ^_^ Memories are so fun!

  19. I loved that theatre. It had such history for being so young. I had so much fun during those shows too. Maybe you should have kept that book for memory sake. Not like it would be missed…plus I’m sure you are one of the very few that read any book in there. ^_^ Memories are so fun!

  20. I loved that theatre. It had such history for being so young. I had so much fun during those shows too. Maybe you should have kept that book for memory sake. Not like it would be missed…plus I’m sure you are one of the very few that read any book in there. ^_^ Memories are so fun!

  21. I loved that theatre. It had such history for being so young. I had so much fun during those shows too. Maybe you should have kept that book for memory sake. Not like it would be missed…plus I’m sure you are one of the very few that read any book in there. ^_^ Memories are so fun!

  22. I loved that theatre. It had such history for being so young. I had so much fun during those shows too. Maybe you should have kept that book for memory sake. Not like it would be missed…plus I’m sure you are one of the very few that read any book in there. ^_^ Memories are so fun!

  23. I loved that theatre. It had such history for being so young. I had so much fun during those shows too. Maybe you should have kept that book for memory sake. Not like it would be missed…plus I’m sure you are one of the very few that read any book in there. ^_^ Memories are so fun!

  24. I loved that theatre. It had such history for being so young. I had so much fun during those shows too. Maybe you should have kept that book for memory sake. Not like it would be missed…plus I’m sure you are one of the very few that read any book in there. ^_^ Memories are so fun!

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