Sharing Stories Can Change The World
Written by Libby McNeill Seymour
Libby McNeill Seymour first appeared onstage at Cape Fear Regional Theatre in Cinderella 1965. Her brother Robby McNeill and sister-in-law Trini Alvarado McNeill are also actors. Her daughter Alexandra is a film and television editor. They have all performed on the CFRT stage! Here is Libby’s story:
I shall always remember
that first careful moment
of creasing back the front cover a
nd neatly signing my name…
with all the assuredness of a child
biting into its first lemon wedge.
Although I wrote those words in college where I was majoring in theatre, they still ring true each time I start work on a new play. Who is this person? What is their relationship to the other characters? Why are they are here right now? Where were they before they walked onstage? What do they want? What’s stopping them from getting that?
As actors, we love to dig down deep and find those parts of ourselves that are useful in creating a character. The attempt to “be” someone else for a little while — not simply act like someone else — is exhilarating. Exploring the emotions, the physicality, the prejudices and desires, the history, culture and psychology of another human being is, at the very least, enlightening. For a young person developing their own sense of self and their unique point of view, the theatre is a loving and demanding teacher. I can think of no better place to safely explore “who am I?” and “what choices will I make in this world?”
What is particularly exciting about theatre is the intersection of artists from many disciplines as they interpret the words of a playwright. What a plethora of job opportunities for students of theatre! Long before an actor steps on stage in front of an audience, the director, designers of lights, set, props, costumes and sound, stage managers, technical crew, and in some cases musicians and choreographers have all negotiated their ideas into a shared vision. And “miracle of miracles” (thanks Fiddler) — the resulting experience is created anew each time an audience gathers to witness it.
Therein lies the true magic of theatre. The invisible electric intimate connection between an audience and the artists who collaborated to tell a story. I believe sharing stories can change the world! Please join me in contributing a little or a lot in support of Cape Fear Regional Theatre’s youth education program. Let’s continue developing folks who can make this world a better place.
I love the spotlight words that shine from the roof of the Cape Fear Regional Theatre on performance evenings: Great Stories Told Here.
Ain’t it the truth?
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