My school condensed it into four.
Not to say that it wasn't a load of fun, because it was. I got to know people I wouldn't have otherwise, forwent school work for singing and I learned some things about myself. Like how I actually do enjoy performing, a great deal more than I thought I did. It just takes some confidence and being willing to give it my all instead of being hesitant when uncomfortable. When you put everything into it, it actually becomes... pretty fun.
Though I do think I prefer the creative aspect of it all a bit more. I'm more interested in writing then I am performing if I am to be honest with myself. But I do think, if I were to become an actress, I'd be in musicals. Or Opera. If I ever developed my voice enough for it.
The workshop also increased my confidence when performing, and I learned a number of great songs:
America from West Side Story
Gossip Chorus from Elixir of Love
Breaths composed by Sweet Honey on the Rocks
Heart and Music from A New Brain
All of which are great pieces of music. So I broadened my repertoire and experienced something new, an opportunity I would have regretted passing up if I had done so. Hence I am, overall, quite happy with the experience.
However, not sitting down for hours on end, and singing and dancing without many breaks in between is a wee bit tiring. You know, just a bit. Today, for instance, was our last chance to rehearse and get everything together before the performance. So I was dancing and singing and walking and standing, for seven hours. Seven.
I. Am. Exhausted.
I. Am. Exhausted.
When I arrived home at 7:00 I curled up on the couch under a blanket and stayed there for an hour, aching all over, with a pounding headache, and a queasy stomach.
So unless you are serious about a career in acting or singing, particularly in theatrical performances, I don't recommended it.
It's really not for the fainthearted.