Helen Regan tells her long-time friend Cornelia Corson about a difficult time she had performing in a high school play because the costume she was asked to wear embarrassed her. And while it also caused her some stage fright, the tears and laughter that followed gave her new confidence.
Helen Regan (HR) and Cornelia Corson (CC)
HR: I was a chubbette in high school. I’m mean, I was like a size 14, 18. We were doing the Pirates of Penzance and I was one of the main honchos with the big-feathered hat and the boots and all this stuff and my costume was wrestling tights, skin tight pants with a big sleeved shirt. And when they showed me what I had to wear at dress rehearsal, I burst into tears and said, well I’m not doing it. I just wouldn’t go on stage like that. They said why, I said because you can’t tell which is the back and which is the front because my stomach stuck out so much. So I cried and started to go home and they said, you have to do it, you have to do it.
So I get on the stage, it’s all mothers and fathers of all the kids that I know and everything, and the curtain opens and the entire audience bursts into laughter. Well, I couldn’t run off the stage, so, I got over my stage fright and after that, I could really do just about anything on stage.