Six actors, five plays, one summer
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DILLON – Six young adults from across the nation came together June 1 to do the unthinkable – memorize lines for up to five plays to be performed in the same time period. If that’s not wild enough, picture this – they also live together.
Candace Neal, Andrew Tebo, Brian Loveland, Garret Bruce, Alex Valle and Rosalie Burke share a passion for acting. They’re all recent graduates of theater with amazing memorization skills. And they’ll be in Summit County until Aug. 24, putting on five plays – “The Glorious Ones;” “I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change;” “The Ant and the Grasshopper;” “You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown;” and “A Grand Night for Singing.”
As if their plates weren’t full enough, they’ll also perform in the 2009 Summer Repertory Gala Wednesday at Keystone. In an evening of classic Broadway entertainment, the six will sing both musical theater standards and contemporary Broadway hits.
Being an actor or actress may seem glamorous, but after talking to Lake Dillon Theatre’s summer performers, it’s clear that it’s also a lot of hard work.
When asked what it’s like to memorize so many lines with little time, Loveland said, “It’s stressful, but you grow and you push yourself. Sometimes mistakes are made, but it’s a lot of fun.”
Tebo, a professional actor from Chicago who’s never done summer repertory before, said: “It’s definitely an experience. You get the information a few months in advance, and you’re supposed to come, like, 85-percent memorized.”
Burke agreed that it’s a difficult process, “but in a way, it’s kind of fun. And, once the book is out of your hand, it’s more freeing.”
Loveland said sometimes he wakes up in the morning and feels schizophrenic, but having a set schedule keeps him sane. Different shows are on different nights, and on Sundays, two separate shows are set.
“There are no small parts,” Loveland said, of working with a small theater. “We’re helping each other and learning. It’s a good group of people.”
All six actors recently graduated with degrees in theater from various universities around the country, and they’re working hard to break into the biz.
“Lake Dillon has an amazing reputation,” Tebo said. “A lot of actors want to try to work for this company.”
And there are a few perks, the biggest being housing. The actors live together for free in Keystone. “It’s kind of like being back in college,” Tebo said.
Besides working hard, the Lake Dillon Theatre’s cast is taking advantage of all Summit County has to offer – biking, tennis, rafting and hiking.
With five plays to pick from, the Lake Dillon Theatre’s cast had a variety of favorites.
“I love, love doing ‘The Glorious Ones,'” Burke said, noting that Dillon is the second theater in the nation to perform the play.
Tebo, the only actor in all five shows, favored ‘The Glorious Ones’ because it’s “probably the most fun and most challenging.”
Valle, who couldn’t decide which play was her favorite, said acting-wise, she liked Charlie Brown because “it’s probably the most fun ever to act like a 5-year-old. Valle also said her “weird dwarfish character” in “The Glorious Ones” was a challenge.
“I love to do ‘You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown,'” Garret said. “It’s so fun to act like a little kid. … It’s kids with adult humor.”
For more information about the Lake Dillon Theatre, visit http://www.lakedillonfoundation.org.
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