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.

Community 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.

This 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 Big Hair!

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.