Niagara Gazette — But as I took my first steps forward this last week, my mind blanked. All this information disappeared, leaving me with a blank stare and the busted vision from the shining flashlights blasting my eyes with a wall of white. I took a step forward and almost tripped on a broken stone, throwing concentration out the window.
Somewhere, there's probably a YouTube video of me sputtering and failing to give a convincing performance.
So is this worth the trouble? Heck, yes. Just like when I took my eight-week improv class with Defiant Monkey Improv – which I continue to enjoy every free Wednesday night I can find thanks to the group's open jams – I'm learning so much about myself and the limits I have in overcoming situations I normally would flee from. I find it challenging every Saturday standing in front of a gathered crowd putting myself into a character I maintain for an hour or two.
I choose to look at this experience as suffering now but I have nothing but improvement to look forward to. As I tell my story and work on what succeeds and develop the failures, I can only improve my presentation and work on projecting myself.
This past weekend, with its fantastic weather, drew a crowd we estimated of about 75. There were quite a few people on the tour, many of whom for the first time. My hope, going forward, is they come back once I get my act together and come into my own. It may take a week or two more to get used to this, but I will get there eventually.
To join the audience of the Marble Orchard Ghost Walks, bring a flashlight at 7 p.m. sharp any Saturday through Oct. 27 to the Peace Garden behind the Little Yellow House, 476 Center St. Admission is $12 for adults and $6 for children under 12 years old.