So I am in a theatre program that I applied to back before I was Catholic.
As some of you may know, the theatre world is not loving towards religion and religious restrictions.
I am not going to pursue theatre after this program is over. There are too many I may be asked to do on stage that are wrong; it’s simply too risky. But my question is, what do I do for now?
For instance, if I am in a play (the program guarantees that everyone will act in at least one play) and I am asked to wear a dress that shows cleavage, or play a character that takes the name of the Lord in vain, or do things like kissing on stage - what on earth do I do?
I have heard so many people tell me (mostly of non-religious origin) that I should just do whatever on stage because it is acting, not me myself doing these things. I’m not sure I agree.
The good news is, the last play of the season (the one I am most likely going to be in) is The Tempest. There is not too much about it that is likely to be immoral; except crossdressing. Since the company is mainly girls and the play is mainly boys, most of the characters will be crossdressing.
So is it sinful to crossdress on stage? What if I don’t have much of a choice? I could theoretically drop the play, but then I would have to explain that to my anti-Catholic mother who paid for the program (paid a lot). I don’t see much of a way out. So if that happens to be a thing, would that mean it is at least not a mortal sin, since I did not fully consent?
I’ve heard people interpret that the thing against crossdressing is that it’s like lying; it’s the intention to deceive. It’s also the intention of trying to uproot your place in life and pass yourself off as something else. So if that’s it, then maybe crossdressing for theatre isn’t wrong at all.
Or if by some chance I am cast as a girl and that girl wears an immodest dress (most historical dresses are ok, so I guess the chances are low, but I have still seen quite a few that reveal much too much of the chestal area), do I just wear it and go along, or do I complain? I’ve been worrying and worrying about this since the program began, and I just don’t know what to do.