Local theater director LaRayne Watts called me up one day, in desperation, asking me to take on a role in her play. At first, I was hesitant. I hadn’t acted in a play since I was 13, as a part of the Willapa Player’s Summer Youth Plays. As soon as I read the script, I knew I had to give the part a chance. I was to play Victoria Van Roth, an artistic bohemian; some felt that I was at least slightly type-cast.
The play Death By Design was promoted as “a comedy with murder.” I thought the play was hilarious and I’m so glad that I had the opportunity to participate. The play ran 2 weekends for a total of 5 performances. We had great crowd turnouts at the performances and everyone seemed to truly enjoy the absurdity of the show.
It was a nice shift for me to push myself as an actor in a play rather than a director in a movie. At first, I was extremely nervous and intimidated by learning all my lines; I had 90 of them, which seemed like more than plenty! With this achievement under my belt, I am interested in pursuing more opportunities to act or to study the craft. As a director, the more I can learn about acting, the better! It can never hurt to improve communications between actors and directors on sets and in rehearsals and I feel that the basis of the communication stems from an understanding of what each party is going through.
[From Left to Right: Gracie Manlow (Alice), Chris Winrich (Eric), Ashton Winrich (Jack), Linda Anderson (Sorel Bennett), Curt Harris (Edward Bennett), Me (Victoria Van Roth), Dave Lund (Walter Pearce)]