As the drama director for Northside High School, Brian Barnett spends most of his time directing plays.
But this summer he is spending his time being directed.
Barnett will be performing in Theatre Macons production of Monty Pythons Spamalot. Barnett plays King Arthur, who along with his knights is in search of the Holy Grail.
I still get nervous at auditions, Barnett said. That is probably my least favorite thing to do is to audition.
But auditioning and being in the play are a way not only for Barnett to hone his craft but to better himself as a director.
It helps you to remember what it is like to be an actor and to identify with them. You can help your actors more if you have been there, because you understand all the facets of the process.
As a director, Barnett said he has his hands in all parts of a production -- from the stage to the lighting to the words said on stage. Being in Spamalot has provided Barnett with the opportunity to just have fun.
This cast has so much talent; it is such a pleasure. It really is a relief to let someone else be in charge and just enjoy, Barnett said.
Along with switching roles in the theater, Barnett has also had the opportunity to switch roles with a former student, Ben Stroman. Stroman won numerous individual acting awards during his years at Northside and helped lead Northside to back-to-back state championships in the GHSA One Act competition.
Its exciting to be on the stage with him as a colleague rather than a teacher, Barnett said.
But has Barnett been tempted to revert back to the role of teacher or director?
You always have ideas, but you have to rely on the director, trust him and let him do his job and have his own process, Barnett said. Jim Crisp is really doing a fantastic job directing this show.
Spamalot will be performed by Theatre Macon at 8 p.m. Friday, Saturday, July 12, 13, 19, 20; at 7:30 p.m. July 10, 11, 18 and 2:30 p.m. Sunday and July 14. Tickets are $25 and can be purchased online at theatremacon.com or by calling 746-9485
Contact Alline Kent at 396-2467 or firstname.lastname@example.org.