WAC: Super Superstitions
Submitted by Ally Davis, Wetmore High School Student Correspondent
Although many people don’t believe in them, others are passionate that their superstitions are the reason they do well. At Wetmore High School, the most common superstitions involves right before, and the day of, musical and play performances and pre-game activities in sports.
Theater superstitions can vary anywhere from a diet change for the day, to healing crystals, all the way to what words not to say that day.
Junior Alyssa Montgomery, who was recently in the “Beauty and the Beast” musical at Atchison Community Theater, says, “You can never say MacBeth, referred to as ‘the M word’, or, if you do, you have to run around the theater twice counter clockwise or someone will get injured. I personally have a healing crystal that is Lapis. It symbolizes wisdom so before I go on stage, I’ll kiss it then put it to my throat, to protect my wisdom and voice. Right before a show at Atchison, we would say ‘You know what they say about those ducks, they always stick together,’ then we circle up and chant ‘Quack Quack QUACK QUACK QUACK! Go Ducks!’”
Montgomery also had a routine for her makeup application, “I would put on my foundation and mascara first, then wait for a minute, do my eyeliner and fan my face so it wouldn’t smudge, then I would apply lipstick and blush. Once I didn’t do my makeup in that order and I ended up getting lipstick on my rented costume, so after that I would always apply my makeup in that order for fear of smudging it everywhere. Break a leg, just not yours.”
Linda Boyd, director of the theatrical productions at Wetmore High School agrees with many of the common superstitions.
She says, “You never say ‘Good Luck’ before a show, you say ‘Break a Leg!’”
Some sports superstitions include refusing to wash one’s game socks, listening to certain songs, and always putting hairspray on a bow.
“We always used to gather in a circle, kneel, and hold hands as we listen to either our coach, or certain peers say a prayer,” said Seth Shumaker, a former Wetmore-Sabetha Middle School football player.
Volleyball player Sophia Amon says, “I have to be wearing two different colored socks and have trimmed nails or else I won’t play well.”
In conclusion, superstitions may not make for a better performance on the stage or field, but if they help the mindset of the actor or athlete what’s the harm?