In which the lights go back up on (local) theater!
When I was in middle school I wanted to be an actress. I wanted to be a comedy actress, someone who made people fall in love because her timing is on point and she lobbied slick one liners while looking good. Life is life, I really didn’t pursue acting as a serious career and I listened to too many whispers of “you need a real job.” The urge to be on stage was still there. I was involved with Stage Crew in high school, performed in the band and orchestra and my storytimes with my library littles and their parents but the urge to perform lurks in my heart.
Cue community theater.
Some knitting friends hipped me to community theater a few years ago and I am hooked. I have performed a few plays, helped out behind stage, even worked tech.
I love it!
Currently I am in the ensemble of Spotlight Theater’s production of The Wedding Singer and it’s been a blast! I’ve stepped out of my comfort zone by singing (me…singing…in public!), dancing (IN PUBLIC!!) and having a ball while doing it.
The Wedding Singer musical is based on the 1998 Adam Sandler movie of the same name. In the movie, Adam Sandler plays a wedding singer, Robbie Hart, who befriends waitress Julia Sullivan, played by Drew Barrymore. When Robbie is left at the alter, he and Julia become closer as her helps her plan her wedding to the cheating Glen. Eventually Robbie and Julia fall in love all to the tunes of rocking 80’s music. My play has a similar plot but the 80’s soundtrack is replaced by a fun score.
I joined the show late due to time constraints with my last job but the cast and crew welcomed me warmly and it’s been a blast. My family has been so supportive, dealing with me out of the house a lot and them taking up the slack for all the things that have been neglected. The show opens up this week so I have been dreaming about forgetting my lines, forgetting the dance steps, forgetting to be at the theater…this means that the show is gonna rock!
One of my roles is as a Tina Turner impersonator and I was so nervous about being Tina. I have a line I have o sings plus Ms. Turner is known for her legs. Lots of running and yoga over the last month has made me feel confident and ready for my closeup.
The show opens Friday, February 18 and tickets are available from the Spotlight Theater website. Support local arts, come see ya girl and laugh like crazy at this fun and silly play.