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Little theater would be good for town

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Something we should revive in Madera is live theater. Yes, we do have theatrical productions at both high schools, and they can be quite good. But the city would be enriched if a little-theater company were formed and put on a half dozen performances a year.

People who participated in a little-theater effort years ago in Madera remember it with smiles. Whether as actors, stagehands, ticket-sellers or lighting technicians, they made friends and had good times.

If you have attended Oakhurst’s Golden Chain Theatre, you know audiences and players alike enjoy good times at that theater’s productions. The audiences sit at tables. That enables patrons to have coffee, or even some food, while they watch performances.

Some people say television makes live theater obsolete, but that isn’t true.

There are many good shows on television (and bad ones, too), but sitting in an audience, watching live performers, is its own kind of pleasure.

Being part of a live performance is fulfilling. It’s also hard work. One has to learn one’s lines, learn to project one’s voice, learn to “become the character.” All of that is no small challenge.

The last time I was in a little theater production, more than a decade ago, I had to learn to dance and sing a little as part of a chorus. Since I have a tin ear and a lead foot, that was no small effort. But I made it through, as did a dozen others who also were singing-challenged and dancing-challenged.

That particular production required eight weeks of rehearsals for two evenings’ performances. Those who were involved saw it as hard work and swore it would be the last time we’d do it. But many of those went back to work soon on another production.

The town should have another go at little theater. It offers opportunities and fun.


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