Wherein I demonstrate the spell for reducing performance anxiety

Kate stands center stage. On the stage is a chair and box containing fabric, a scarf, and a book, along with three stacks of cards.

Kate: At a particular point in my young life, I found I hated being in front of people. Giving a speech, doing a demonstration, singing alone. These situations induced a sweaty, horrible, throat clenching feeling. But, then I found something I could do about it. Cast a spell.

Kate digs through the box of things and pulls out the three stacks of cards.

Kate: I only needed a few everyday items and the right words.

Kate returns to the box and pulls out the large piece of fabric and a scarf and sets them on the chair. She holds one of the stacks of cards.

Kate: The spell had three parts. One: look like someone else.

Kate holds out three cards to an audience member. The cards are facing up and say MAID, QUEEN, WITCH. The audience member selects a card. Kate says the word out loud so the audience can hear it. Kate uses the scarf and fabric to construct a costume.

Kate: Two. Move like someone else.

Kate holds out the second stack of three cards to another audience member. The cards are facing up and say: CROSS STAGE, SIT DOWN; WARM YOURSELF BY A FIRE; WALK WHILE PAGING THROUGH A BOOK. The audience member selects a card. Kate enacts the selection as the appropriate character.

Kate: Three. Sound like someone else.

Kate holds out the third stack of cards to another audience member. The cards are facing up and say: IT’S WARM OUT TODAY, I BELIEVE IT IS FOUR O’CLOCK, HAVE A NICE WEEKEND. The audience member selects a card. Kate says the line in the appropriate character’s voice.

Kate: Then, I put all three parts together.

Kate performs the scene as the selected character, with the selected blocking, and the selected line.

Kate: And like magic, the horrible feeling is gone.

Curtain.

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