Overture, Curtains, Lights!
Everything changed in a short conversation with George Matthew, the famed Mr. George from the library. He was directing “Miracle on 34th Street” at Hanover High School and had recruited elementary school children and their parents for some crowd scenes.
One night, George approached me and told me some changes had opened up a few male roles. He wanted me to fill one of them if I was willing. Mind you, I had never acted on stage. I used to sit and watch my friends in high school, awed at their courage. I never thought I could do the same, but George had me cornered.
That’s how I ended up on that stage playing Mr. Macy. I loved it. Imagine that – I enjoyed the spotlight! Some nice words of encouragement from friends led me to try out for “Lost in Yonkers” at Hanover Little Theatre a few months later. Now I can’t imagine now helping out for a production.
I bring all of this up because the Little Theatre will hold auditions for the upcoming show “Sex Please, We’re Sixty” on Wednesday from 7-9 at the theatre on Blooming Grove Road. Maybe this can be your Mr. George moment.
I see complaints online and hear them in person about the dearth of things to do in Hanover. I know that these are trumped up because of the activities I choose to do. Not blowing my own horn, just pointing out that if you think Hanover is “comatose,” why don’t you come to a organization celebrating its 64th year and get on stage. We always need new people.
If that’s not your cup of tea, we have three performances of “Nunsense” left this week – Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. You can buy tickets online right now. Support those who work so hard to make sure we all have things to do in our town.
Or you can sit at home talking about how no one ever does anything good and Hanover is so boring. Your choice.