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By Carol Perkins

Barn Lot Theater and I go back to the days when it was an outdoor theater in nothing more than a parking lot at Bowling Park. Tim Best was instrumental in establishing this well-known theater, and to be a part of history is special.

The stage was a wooden platform with sliding doors that took two strong men to close, and the audience sat in folding chairs on concrete payment. If it rained, the play would be moved inside the church on the grounds. Now Barn Lot is located in its own historical building in town.

Being in a plays has given me a chance to do what I wanted as a girl--act. I have never played a serious role; I don't know if I could. I think I would be nervous.

With humor comes a certain amount of relaxation, unless the audience doesn't find what you said very funny. Then it is cause for an anxiety attack.

In the past, I was in a play at least once a year, but as I have gotten older, parts for people like me have dwindled. Not too many plays call for older women, so if a part comes along, I take it. Recently, that happened.

Barn Lot has presented a serious of plays about the Verdeen cousins and each is as funny as the last. In the upcoming production, the director (Emily Coffey) needed two little old ladies to chase after a 91 yr. old Aubrey Verdeen (played by Wesley Waddle) and we fit the bill! Susan and I are in most scenes together, and if one of us doesn't remember a line, the other one can. Sometimes we look like deer in headlights, which is a sign for someone to say something because we can't remember.

One scene calls for us to wear cheerleading outfits. I hesitated. I am beyond a cheerleading outfit! Orange sweater vests, white skirts above the knee, knee socks (compression), tennis shoes, and of course, pompoms. I thought we needed to add a headband or a bow. In two other scenes, we wear cowboy boots. I can barely walk in flats! Have I created a picture-not a pretty one but a funny one?

I live for a good laugh, and some people are naturally funny. Larry Wilson (Butler Funeral Home) is playing three parts in this play and will bring down the house. When people hear that Larry is in a play, they immediately reserve tickets. Other cast members in addition to those I mentioned also have reputations of bringing a laugh to the stage (as well as good acting): Sandy Roberts, Emily Coffey, Robin McMurtrey, Shana McMurtrey, Julie Adkins, Julie Barlow, and Cathy Jessie.

Although the many practices cut in to most people's schedules, it is nice not to have a schedule to cut into other than making sure I have watched all the episodes of Frankie and Grace on Netflix or kept my hair appointment. Acting is not for everyone, but for those who have ever done it, we are bitten by the bug. The play runs from February 17-20 and then 21-23. Call 270-432-BARN for reservations. Prepare to laugh so hard you might...well, you know.

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