Support Redmond theater this weekend | Editor's Notebook

The role of Romeo was not for me.

In seventh grade, my drama teacher wanted us to tackle some Shakespeare and she selected me to play the lead role in “Romeo and Juliet,” but there was no way I was ready to be in the spotlight.

For a few days, she hounded me about playing Romeo, but I wouldn’t budge. I took on the role of Balthasar instead and was happy being in the background of the production.

During our one-night stand, we goofed around on stage a bit and we thought we did OK. Our teacher, however, wasn’t pleased with our antics and we were justly reprimanded.

I never acted in another play in my life. I was a sports guy and I got my fill on the field.

As I watched the SecondStory Repertory adult actors run through their dress rehearsal of “Picasso at the Lapin Agile” on Tuesday night, I thought back to my days in grade school and wondered if maybe I could have done a better job and got the theater bug.

But for me, it was not to be.

For these actors, though, they’re a solid bunch who will bring the Steve Martin-written play to Redmond theatergoers at 8 p.m. tonight through Feb. 1 at their digs in Redmond Town Center. I watched the first act while taking photos and enjoyed it. I’m sure you will, too.

Matt Fulbright stars in the role of Picasso, and the play is directed by Dan Posluns. For ticket information, visit www.secondstoryrep.org. (SecondStory Rep’s young actors are also presenting “Bayou Bugs” this month.)

Theater will be alive in more than one Redmond spot tonight.

Over at the Redmond High School Performing Arts Center (17272 N.E. 104th St.), the student actors will present “Bang, Bang, You’re Dead” at 7 p.m. tonight and tomorrow. The free show tackles high school bullying and violence, which are two issues that we’ve written about in the Reporter — two issues that baffle me to no end. I hope people get the message that these actions have no place in school, or anywhere.

Donations will be accepted in the lobby for the nonprofit organization To Write Love on Her Arms.

The Bear Creek School Fine and Performing Arts Department is getting in on the action at 4 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. tomorrow night with Shakespeare’s comedy “The Taming of the Shrew” at the school’s Cornerstone Theater at 8905 208th Ave. N.E., Redmond. Tickets are $5 per person and $10 per family.

The best part about this production (which also hit the stage last night) is that most of the roles are double-cast. Everyone involved gets their time in the spotlight, and by the time the curtain falls tomorrow night, there will be plenty of satisfied young actors on hand.

Support the arts this weekend by checking out one of these plays.


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