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I’ve been in love with the stage since I saw my first musical when I was a freshman in high school. I fell “in love” with Sally Bowles, or the actress that played her in Cabaret, long before I ever saw Liza in the role.
I’d seen plenty of movie musicals. But seeing it on the stage was different. This was a performance with our local community theater. Two years later, I made it onto the stage myself in a production of Cole Porter’s Anything Goes.
I did more acting in college and have a minor concentration in drama. But I knew I wasn’t the leading man type, so I didn’t pursue it after school. And for the next seventeen years, I saw lots of stage productions. But always from the audience.
After we’d been in Richmond a while we joined the Music and Fine Arts Ministry at West End Assembly of God. I was finally able to be back on stage. So over the years I’ve enjoyed being a part of the cast of Glorious Christmas Nights and The Master’s Plan.
A couple of years ago, I decided to try to branch out. After all, once you hit fifty you lose some inhibitions and think “why not?” So I began auditioning for productions around town. Unfortunately, those auditions met with no success. Until this summer.
This week, I’ll be playing the role of Potiphar in Dogwood Dell’s production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. It’s a chance to be on stage with some incredible young performers. I call them young. They’re all adults. But at my age, it’s all relative.
Performances are Friday July 27, Saturday July 28, Sunday July 29, Friday, August 3 amd Saturday August 4 beginning at 8:30 p.m.
Bring your lawn chair, and with the weather we’ve been having, maybe an umbrella and come on out and enjoy this free performance.
Hope to see you there.