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Nov 17, 2012 | 1 comment

This is one of those days I wish I could clone myself.  No matter how hard I try, I cannot quite visualize what the audience is seeing when I am on stage and it’s me they’re looking at.  Of course, in the case of this weekend and our two performances of “Shoalwater Shenanigans,” my fondest desire is that they don’t see me at all.

When it’s my turn to be front and center, I hope I the audience sees instead, Alvira Stevens, Sarah Crouch, and Mona Espy.  Those are the three characters that I am interpreting – mostly through their words rather than through any serious transformation of myself.  Actually, they are Willard Espy’s words from his book Skulduggery on Shoalwater Bay.

The show, as first conceived by Sandy Nielson, was to be a reader’s theater presentation.  Actors would have scripts in hand and would suggest the personality of each character by voice inflections and perhaps with a simple costume piece or two – a hat, a shawl, an apron.  It would be presented at the Oysterville Church and, given the limited stage facilities, the action was designed accordingly.  Low-key, you might say.  That was more than a year ago and, as we all know, stuff happens..,

Gradually, the show has  morphed into something else.  Soon after the cast was selected, it was decided that we would learn the lines and leave our scripts behind.  As time went by,, entrances became more complicated, costumes more elaborate, and when the Fort Columbia venue was added this year, lights came into play.  Too, there are a few changes in the cast which also makes for a new feel to the show.

Anyone who has been involved with live theater knows, of course, that every performance of a show is different.  Even the audience (probably especially the audience)  and their reactions change what happens on stage.  So, it is with some trepidation that Alvira, Sarah, Mona and I are looking forward to our performances today and tomorrow.  I have little doubt that the other characters and their actors feel the same way.

1 Comment

  1. Clay Nichols

    Well said!
    Also, the professionalism of the experienced cast is infectious, and a great inspiration and example for us less experienced actors. If you attend these performances and thoroughly enjoy them (as I’m sure you will), you should consider participating in future events.


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