No tiny roles

My role in the Delta Center Stage Production of Mamma Mia! is tiny. I’m on stage for less than five minutes, but it’s a critical role.

Because, without a preacher, you can’t have a wedding. In case you haven’t seen Mamma Mia! or know the story, I won’t give away the plot any further. Hopefully you’ll come see the play tonight at 7:30 and Sunday afternoon at 2:30.

This show is just another example of the great levels of talent we have here in Greenville.

Musicals are very intricate productions.

There are lines, songs, dances and blocking to learn. A set is built. The pieces of the set must move on que. The sound must be just right for people to enjoy the production.

There’s a lot of work involved and it comes together in a relatively short time.

While we’re not creating the work from scratch, we are interpreting words on a page into a performance on a stage. 

Each one of these productions is different from theatre to theatre as well as from performance to performance. 

We all try our best to accurately reproduce those words on the page but sometimes we fail.

It’s at that point the person across the stage from you has to also leave the story for a moment to bring the production back on track.

When it happens with good actors, the audience will never know. But if a mistake happens and the other actors aren’t able to corral the story back into line, it’s always obvious to the audience. 

It’s our No. 2 job as actors to keep those mistakes out of the performance and cover them when they do appear.

The No. 1 job is to keep the people in the audience entertained.

This show is definitely keeping people entertained.

With a two-weekend run, we have enough seats available for people who have never seen a show at Delta Center Stage to visit us.

If you’ve never seen a stage performance here in Greenville I implore you to come see us perform.

If you are a fan of disco, come to hear the ABBA songs.

If you are a fan of musical theater some to hear the singing and watch the dancing.

If you aren’t a fan of musicals, come to see how seamlessly a group of amateurs work together.

If you have no desire to see a show performed on a stage, look at the pictures in the paper today and, if you know someone there, go support them in something they are doing for free to provide entertainment in this community.

You never know, one of them may do something that makes you smile, or laugh and have a good story to tell later.

Remember, exactly none of the people on stage are being paid.

The only gratification we get from the performance is the handshakes in the crowd afterwards. 

Please do stick around for a few minutes to shake a cast member’s hand.

All we are asking is for you to give us a chance to entertain you and the entertainment here is easy to find.

There is a quirky plot line and a strong female lead. There are three bungling men and huge number of young actors.

And, near the end of it all, there’s one man in a black robe with four short lines. 

But, if you don’t come to the play, you won’t see all this, and if you don’t come to the play you can’t complain there is nothing to do in Greenville.

Angel alert goes out to Floyd Sterling, Charlene Louwrens, Tim Bixler, Sonya Bixler, Vernail Herzog, Allie Rowe, Robin Kelly and the Cordell family for building the sets, directing the show and running things back stage. These folks rarely get the notification they deserve. 

Jon Alverson is proud to be the publisher and editor of the Delta Democrat-Times. Write to him at jalverson@ddtonline.comor call him at 335-1155.