I love the theater! I saw my first Broadway show at the age of 5 and was smitten. I imagined that someday I would sing, dance and act my way to stardom.
I loved live theater (and still do!). I saw my first Broadway show at the age of 5 and was smitten. I imagined that someday I would sing, dance and act my way to stardom.
An opportunity arose to try out my acting chops when I joined our synagogue theater program. Most of the actors were teenagers and college students and their productions were well done and well received. I think I was about 10 years old and along with the younger kids, I became part of the chorus.
These shows were all musicals and the group had some exceptionally talented singers and actors. When plans were made to perform “The King and I”, the younger kids could play rather realistic parts as the numerous children of the King of Siam. There was only one speaking part assigned to the children, and that line was given to me! It was a short, but important line. As a segue to a big number, I was to say “You Like Us?” and Anna, the teacher, was to answer “Yes, I like you, very much indeed”, and sang the song, “Getting to Know You.”
I was thrilled that I had been singled out and could not wait for opening night. I was in theater heaven parading in with the other children to the strains of “March of the Children” and sitting on the stage. When the time came for my one 3 word line, I was so enchanted with the magic of the show that I forgot to say the line. I suddenly felt an elbow shoved in my side from the kid sitting next to me, I awoke from my reverie and spit out my line.
I was mortified by my distraction and never forgot the feeling of ruining the pace and tempo of a show. Somehow this small incident made me rethink the idea of theater acting. I still love theater, but it’s best sitting in the audience.