“Acting with Sarah as my director is really interesting, because she was the first director that I’ve performed with who is also my friend. There was more trust between the actor and the director than normal.”
Eberhardt also teaches at Miss Sarah’s Stage and has written some of the children’s plays. She played a lover in Open Air Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream and a man in Much Ado About Nothing.
“I can definitely say that I’m not type-casted anymore,” Eberhardt said. “I’ve learned to build trust. I’ve learned how to be flexible.”
An average show takes three to four months to produce. Open Air Shakespeare NRV’s next show is Romeo and Juliet, which Wylie has recently been casting for. She said she is excited about the play and expects it to be a lot of work.
“Producer means I take it out of my credit card,” she said. “I produce the wood to make the set, I produce the nails to put it together and I produce the help to make it happen.”
Wylie has learned that an independent theatre group requires help from the community in order to succeed.
“When I was 16, I made a pact with myself to start a theater company for kids and adults,” she said.
Now that she has, Wylie said she wants them to become a tradition for people to be involved in.
“Open Air Shakespeare is a massive undertaking, which she has done by herself, and I admire her,” Smith said. “She’s an amazing young woman. I’ll support her in every way I can.”
Wylie has learned a lot during her short time as a graduate, including the sacrifices that go into having your own company.
“As far as how it’s affected my personal life, it’s completely taken over,” she said. “It takes over your money, it takes over your time, it takes over your other job. It takes over your perspective, because you start choosing theater over other things.
“It is not like a typical hobby. You have to be passionate, because who is going to do all these crazy things for nothing? You do it for yourself.”