Sheryl Ned, an actress and director for Opelousas Little Theatre, spoke at Wednesday's Kiwanis Club meeting about the reason why people should come to the performances.
"The theatre is better than the movies," Ned
said the biggest difference between movies and theatre is the fact that unlike the movies, which can take multiple takes to get one line right, the theatre doesn't have that luxury.
"In theatre, once the curtain opens, and you forget your lines, you're stuck like Chuck," Ned
The key, the actress said, is multiple days of rehearsal and memorizing the entire script, not just your own lines.
That way, if someone forgets his
lines, the other actor or actress can help the other by reciting one of their lines to refresh the other person's memory.
"The audience should never know that you forgot your lines," Ned
During the meeting, Ned
chose a Kiwanis member, the Rev. Perry Hubbs
, to help her
with a scene she
performed.After choosing Hubbs, Ned handed him a copy of the script and began, without giving him a chance to read the script, which is called a "cold reading."Ned said when she is auditioning for any part, when performing a cold read in front of the director of a play, she attempts to quickly read and memorize the first few lines of the script to impress the people watching.
"I look at the script as quickly as possible and look for the things in parentheses," Ned
The actress said the items in parentheses show the actor or actress the emotion that is necessary for the line that follows.Ned
also will be portraying Mrs. Ethel B. Teal in the Baton Rouge Little Theatre play Preaching to the Pastors, which is set to begin in February.
...The little theatre has four more productions this year, including Wit, directed by Northwestern State University student Travis Fontenot and Of Mice and Men, which opens in November, Ned said.