Marla's Gimme a Minute

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Community Theatre

Hi. I’m Marla. Gimme a Minute. No really, I’m only going to take a minute of your time. I want to talk to you about getting involved in local community theatre.

Close by are the Bellingham Theatre Guild, the Idiom, The Barn in Sudden Valley, The Claire VG Thomas in Lynden, the Theatre Arts Guild in Skagit and the Blaine Community Theatre. Even the Mt. Baker theatre occasionally has shows that call for community involvement. I’m sure there are more.
All these theatres use local amateur talent to put on their shows. You don’t have to be an actor to get involved. The sets need to be built, costumes need to be made, tickets need to be sold and patrons need to be ushered to their seats. During the show, sets and props need to be moved, lights and sound need to be monitored, and sometimes music needs to be played. There are lots of opportunities to play.
For new and amateur actors, auditions are like skiing downhill without poles. And if you think you might want to audition, but never have and you think you don’t have talent, believe me, I have seen lots of talent free people on stage having the time of their lives.
That’s what community theatre is all about. There is no cost to you except your time, and what else do you have to do? Watch reruns of Grays Anatomy?
I’m Marla. Thanks for listening. See ya!


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