For those of you not in the know, the 'actor's nightmare' is when you dream that you're on stage, opening night, in costume before a packed house, and you don't remember attending a rehearsal for the play which you find yourself performing. In mine, I was on stage with Mark Jones (my co-star in the last show I did) and a bunch of kids (who were no help at all, let me tell you), and Mark and I didn't know the lines, I didn't know what scene we were in, or any of the songs, and the stage manager finally had to come hand me a script so I'd know what to say. To make matters worse, some of the scenes were around a dinner table, so I was having to EAT and ACT and not know what my line was.
I woke up with heartburn.
I had costume change problems, wardrobe malfunctions, lost my voice, and when I actually did get a look at the script, I HAD NEVER EVEN READ THE PLAY. The director looked at me with a disappointed expression and said, "I expected more from you, Carrie."
It was an awful, awful, AWFUL dream.
Dear heavens above, I'm glad I'm awake. Oh, well. Off to the beach for my last day of vacation!