By Karen | April 23, 2012
A little while ago I blogged about a new group I joined at Ohio State, Off the Lake Productions, or OTL. These amazing people have made spring quarter my best quarter at Ohio State yet, so I thought I’d do a quick update.
First of all, being involved, despite the little personal time it leaves me, is fun. Incredibly fun. It’s nice to know that every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, no matter how bad my day is, whether I sleep through my first class, or get caught in the rain without my umbrella, that night I’m going to spend a few hours with my friends, whether I like it or not.
I literally have to stop doing my schoolwork these nights, and I can’t feel bad about it. How fantastic is that? And surprisingly, this has made me more motivated. Before, I put things off, because I knew I had time later to do them. Now that I don’t have that time, I get so much done. I cherish my free time like never before.
And not only do I see OTLers on weekdays, but we see each other on weekends as well. For instance, this weekend is Relay for Life and OTL has a team participating. Last Saturday we played together in a charity volleyball game and decided that intramuraOTL volleyball will be happening in the fall (OTLers like to try to fit the letters otl into just about every word you could imagine, for instance “hellOTL” or OTLove”).
OTL even has “families,” sorting cast, crew, and the pit orchestra into small groups that get points for meeting up outside of regular OTL activities to have dinner or play a board game. This Sunday, I met with my family for a casual dinner, spending the night talking and eventually deciding what animals we most closely resembled. Apparently I’m a kangaroo.
I suppose the moral of the story here is, if I could go back and tell fall quarter Karen one thing, it would be to get involved on campus. Sure my days are a lot more hectic and my weekends packed, but for me busy is happy. Tuesday night when I walk into crew there’s going to be a group of friendly faces to greet me, and I will be eager to turn off the real world for a few hours and join them.
P.S. This year OTL’s show will be The Mystery of Edwin Drood. This musical is based off of the book Charles Dickens left unfinished when he died. The show is performed as he wrote the book until the point where his pen ran dry. At this particular juncture, cast members come out into the audience to take votes on how the show should end. The cast literally has a handful of endings rehearsed; you could see the show multiple times and it could be different each time. That being said, if you’re reading this, come see our show, it’s going to be fantastic!
Show dates are: May 12 at 1 pm and 8 pm
May 18 at 8 pm
May 19 at 8 pm
All shows are in Hitchcock Hall Room 131.
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