Last night I won an Archie Award. The Archies (with apologies to Oscar, are named for our Arch Street location) were given at the volunteer recognition event at Center on the Square Theater in Searcy, AR.
Awards were given for most every volunteer job it takes to put on a show. The “You Light Up My Life Award” for innovation in lighting tech; The “Joe Builder Award” for set construction; “Right Hand Woman Award” and “Unsung Hero Award” for behind the scenes help. My friend Rhonda won the “Sweetie Pie Award” for making sugar-free confections for this summer’s Dessert Theater. Then of course, there was recognition for actors and directors.
I received the “Jill of All Trades Award” because during the past year I have been at the theater as an actor, author of a play, greeter, server at Dessert Theater and PSA writer. I love live theater! I love this theater.
I can count 28 plays I have performed in during my lifetime. I’m reminded of a theater questionnaire I answered on Facebook a couple of years ago. Here are just 5 of the Qs & As.
What was the first play you ever did?
The Mikado by Gilbert and Sullivan, Denison, Texas, High School a long time ago. I was Peep Bo, one of the “three little maids from school.”
What was your most recent show/role?
The Dining Room by A.R. Gurney, May 2012. Eight actors took multiple roles. I played the Rental Agent, Annie, Dora, Old Lady, Aunt Harriet, and Bertha.
Have you ever completely blown character onstage?
Never. Not even when someone’s wig fell off in I Hate Hamlet.
Do you have any theatrical superstitions?
Not really. If possible I do hair and makeup at home. I get nervous trying to do it in the green room while someone else is waiting for the mirror.
What is your saddest show memory.
I’m always a little sad when the run is over.