By Linda McClure
Sometimes in life, things change our paths and we get guided in
different directions. I wanted to be an opera singer when I was 10, but
unfortunately, God did not bless me with a voice others would pay money
to hear and no one would come for free either! My next venture was a
ballet dancer, another unfortunate foray into a realm not fitted for me.
Hopes dashed, by 12 I was a has been, but how can you be a has been
when you’ve never been a “been?”
For all of us who have wanted to be any of the above or just on stage, your opportunity has finally arrived.
theatre brings so much to those of us who have wanted but haven’t had
the chance or decided to take the leap into this unknown world. We all
have talents, no matter what they are. We come together in community
theatre as volunteers to take a fantasy production from the pages of the
script to become a live visual performance that takes you to another
place and time, at least for a few hours.
This process begins with
a blank canvas, our stage. The set designers mold a stage to a
believable area for us to “play” in for six weeks. The construction
people take the designer’s written concept and bring it to life with
flats, nails, screws, and two by fours. After the life is brought to the
stage, the painters add the necessary color and dimension to complete
the fantasy world. All of these processes are completed by volunteers,
some with no previous experience but with patient, experienced people to
show them how it’s done. New people getting excited to see “how it’s
done” and to show pride when the show goes on knowing they were a part
of constructing the fantasy.
We have plenty of areas waiting for
your help and all of us willing to teach you how to do it. We need
people to run the lights; you can’t tell me you haven’t noticed when we
forgot to light up stage right when the actors were already on stage.
This is your chance, come help us. Or the costumes? What a great place
to be to find the right look for the right person and period of the
play. What a joy it is to see your inspirations come to life.
is your chance to come have fun with us! We laugh, we play, we giggle,
so much fun. The upcoming musical play is “9 to 5, The Musical,” music
and lyrics by Dolly Parton, set in the late 70’s early 80’s, the time of
Auditions are Jan. 8 and 9, from 7-9 p.m. at Van Wert
Civic Theatre, 118 S. Race St., Van Wert, OH 45891. Come out and
audition or volunteer to help with this great production, it’s an
ensemble musical, meaning you’ll sing on stage with a bunch of other
people, or you’ll be one of the three female leads. We need you; this is
your chance to let your possibilities soar to a different level. Come
play with us.