RCTC puts final touches on ‘Arsenic and Old Lace’

Well, it has been a while, but I caught the bug and of course, I had to do something about it.
No, I didn’t catch the flu and need to see a doctor — thankfully. I’m talking about the acting bug!
Back in the day, I used to do a ton of theater. High school, college, community theater … it was my hobby for many years.
As I grew older, though, my aspirations for the stage had to take a backseat to the career, the family, the kids, and so on and so forth.
It was kind of strange because in the span of about 10 years, I probably acted in three dozen shows. It was all going along at a nice clip until my wife and I moved back to Minnesota in 2003 where the aforementioned career, kids and everything else slowed the hobby to a halt. Frankly, I was a little surprised by the limited opportunity to do theater around here. For example, I’m amazed that community theater couldn’t stay alive in a community the size of Waconia. In any event, I think I’ve done one show since moving back to Minnesota, which was a fun dinner theater murder mystery comedy in Norwood Young America in 2006.
As I mentioned, I caught the acting bug a month or so ago when I saw the audition information for River City Theatre Company’s production of “Arsenic and Old Lace.”
This classic show was the first play I performed in when I got to high school so I was already familiar with it and I knew it would be fun to be involved. And it would help me get through January and February, the coldest, often most boring months of the year.
The big obstacle? Talking my wife into letting me audition. You see, my job at the paper already takes me away from home and our daughters (ages 3, 5 and 7) on a somewhat regular basis due to meetings and taking photos at community events, etc. I knew that asking my wife to agree to let me be gone practically every night of the week for about two months was a pretty tall order. To my appreciation, she gave her blessing.
The auditions went well and I was handed the role of Dr. Herman Einstein, one of the many unique and interesting characters that inhabit this famous show. We’ve been rehearsing since early January and we’re getting close to being ready for opening night, which will be held at Watertown-Mayer Primary School at 7 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 22.
Our production features a talented cast and crew hailing from Watertown, Waconia, Delano and other places. Heidi Hoks, who is known for her work as a librarian  in Carver County, is our fearless director. Okay, here’s the rest of the shameless plug for the show. We’re performing at 7 p.m. on Feb. 22, 28 and March 1, and at 2 p.m. on Feb. 23, 24 and March 2. Tickets are $6 for adults and $5 for youth (17 and under). Learn more at www.rivercitytheatrecompany.org.
Community theater is a ton of fun and I wish more people would give it a shot, whether it’s acting or working on the set, whatever. At the very least, I hope people who come to see “Arsenic” enjoy it!

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