I have often said that roller derby is 75% athleticism and 25% theatre. Having joined the Monterey Bay Derby Dames a few years ago, I could certainly appreciate the drama component. Buff women in racy costumes and fab makeup cheered on by adoring fans…what’s not to love? Audience + show = great time. Skating through many fresh meat sessions whereby we have do 27 laps in 5 minutes assured me of the athleticism. Laughing uproariously when actually trying to skate the 27 in 5 was certainly enough drama for me…
So we had our Monterey Bay Derby Dames season opener this weekend and while this is an academic/theatre blog, I wanted to share with you other aspects of theatre. Plus, I have it real bad for derby…
Like all sporting events, we begin each bout [that’s derby talk for game] with our National Anthem. Since Vanessa Aguilar has rocked our NSHS house many times at our Talent Shows and Open Mics, I asked her to be our national anthem singer. She was poised, professional, and hit the high note like a rock star. It was stunning beyond belief. As both her theatre teacher and Bout Production Director, I was proud when she arrived early and was prepared to sing in front of 300+ people. She was amazing. And the best part: her family won the raffle! Derby pays!
Like all good shows, we have an intermission, or a half time. Since our first bout opened on Pi Day 3/14/15], we planned a pie-eating contest. The pie, compliments of Lafayette Bakery, was fabulous. And our winner: Desire Urban, told that pie she meant business. It was a great event: dramatic and athletic!
And the best news? We won the bout! Life is good in derby world.
So how did you spend your Pi Day? What theatre skills have you been honing lately?