One of the things that I watch for in rehearsals is when the cast runs a number with the music and the choreography for the first time and it just… works. It clicks. The lights go on. It’s a beautiful, magical moment.
And then, sometimes, you just see people having a ton of fun!
What’s really cool is when both things happen at the same time, because then you’re in the audience having fun right with them.
Here is the incomparable Grant Coward and his girls, Marlena, Carrie and Heather, rehearsing their number “It’s My Party” for On The Rooftop.
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We recently sat down for a discussion with VOS President Steve Shortt and these are some of his thoughts on theatre, life, and never ever, ever forgetting one’s lines…
Q: What does theatre mean to you?
Theatre means to me community, a group of people doing something they feel very passionate about for the benefit and enjoyment of other people.
Q: How did you get involved in VOS?
I got involved in VOS in the fall of 2010. My daughter Jenna had already participated in VOS Theatre productions “Seussical the Musical” & “Oliver”. I was thinking I would love to be part of this, I had been asked a couple of times by Alan Fletcher to come out and participate, but I felt because I worked shift work for Ambulance that I would not have the time. In the early fall of 2010 Anne Burnham approached me about participating in “Fiddler on the Roof” I agreed if my daughter Jenna could be in the production with me. I also said I just wanted a very small role to learn the ropes. Well the rest is history, 6 shows later, I am hooked!!
Q: What does it mean to be President of VOS?
Being President of VOS Theatre is a privilege!! A privilege and a job I take very seriously! I purposely took this fall production off, I wanted to spend some time with my wife Kimberly but also to take a good look at the organization from a non-stage perspective. My eyes have been opened widely and I have an increased respect for each and every member of this organization. It is absolutely incredible the amount of effort that is put forth to stage a VOS Production.
Q: Do you have any goals for next year?
Yes lots of goals! I am one year closer to retirement. Goals for VOS Theatre would be to keep providing the top level of musical and non-musical theatre that our patrons have become accustomed to over the last few years! I want the organization to keep having fun!!
Q: What is the most rewarding experience in theatre so far?
My most rewarding experience in theatre so far is “VIMY” I could never tell you enough about my journey during the production of “VIMY” Please if you ever get the chance ask me!!! I have another rewarding experience and that is to work with such wonderful, talented people within the VOS organization on stage and off!!
Q: What is your biggest on-stage blooper?
Aside from forgetting a line, I don’t have one. I take my time on stage very seriously, so I don’t have bloopers!!! Any one that knows me well knows that I usually learn everyone’s lines, because you never know when someone might forget a line and you have to jump in!!
Q: What would we never know about you if didn’t tell us?
Well if I told you then you would know wouldn’t you, so lets just keep it unknown!!