Of all the skills that people possess, acting is one that never fails to impress me. I find it absolutely fascinating that actors are able to shed their own persona, even if only for a short time, and bring a character that exists solely on paper to life. I’m certainly no movie critic or theater buff, but I like to think that I can recognize and appreciate good acting. My favorite actors include the recently-retired Daniel Day-Lewis, Tilda Swinton and Christoph Waltz, among many, many more.
Most of the acting I see these days comes courtesy of Netflix and other video streaming services, but recently I was able to attend and photograph a rehearsal for Theatricks’ production of “Peter Rabbit and His Friends,” which opens Friday at the Honey McGee Playhouse in Sherman. Adapted from the British children’s book, the play tells the story of a young and mischievous rabbit who is chased about a garden where he is less than welcome. As a 25-year-old, the tale of Peter Rabbit doesn’t resonate with me quite as much as it did when I was younger, but the acting within the production certainly did.
Many of the play’s cast members are young children and their ability to act at such a young age really impressed me. Public speaking remains a source of anxiety for me as an adult, so it’s hard for me to wrap my head around how it must feel to do so as a child actor before an audience of people who paid money to see the show.
But what impressed me most was the children’s ability to take direction and interact with the adults involved in the production. For those unfamiliar with the process of putting on a play or acting, the direction given to the cast can often be quite blunt. But the kids I saw on stage handled it like pros. They were as mature and professional as they could be.
While these young actors are only just beginning their acting work, I have no doubt that they’ll go on to do great things if they stick with it. And who knows, maybe one day I’ll see them on the silver screen or the latest streaming show that I’ve decided to watch. Until then, I can only say, “Keep up the good work and break a leg.”
Happy birthday Friday to Joyce Huddleston of Luella; Myra Davis of Princeton; and Sabrina Curry of Allen.