Well, the day is almost upon us. If you’ve never done theatre, you know that anything can go through your head in the 12-24 hours before the show. It’s time for the superstitions to emerge, the rituals to take place, and the nerves to surface and (hopefully) be calmed.
The tireless efforts of everyone involved in this show from acting, directing, set design, costumes, tickets, advertising, refreshments, and on down the line feels proud to be part of this show. With that pride comes an indescribable desire to put on the best show for you. I hope these behind the scenes looks into the characters and play as well as the actors/crew’s thoughts have helped you realize that we love what we do, but now it’s time to open our doors so get ready for the lights, stage, drama, and a GOOD TIME!
Enjoy these last few thoughts and comments…
“My experience with the audience of Beaver County is that they just want to be entertained. And this show is very entertaining,” Michelle Donner (Pauline)
New to acting and R-ACT, Michael Draper (Stan Jennings) shares, “The thing about traditions is that this is my first time acting so anything I do is going to become a tradition…so I better make it good.”
The cast jokes that, “It should become tradition that before every play, we dump a bucket of water on Dave’s [Mel] head.”
Dave Joseph (Mel) shares, “I’m hoping that at some level I’ve developed a likable character. I mean he’s going through some bad stuff. I just want to make sure he’s likable and that people will understand him.” Ruthy Stapleton (Edna) puts it this way, “Oh, I love Mel. What’s not to like? I mean he’s sweet, sensitive, loyal, and neurotic.”
Not all characters are meant to be liked. There’s one actor who’s hoping you’ll hate him by the end. Who could it be?