This is it, it starts tonight

The time has come.

 After nearly four months of work 2nd ACT Community Theater takes to the stage for three nights of Neil Simon’s “Barefoot in the Park,” starting tonight.

 I have a vested interest in this because I got roped into playing one of the lead roles.

 After every run through I’m physically and mentally exhausted, and I know the role opposite of me is the same way.

 This is a good thing, because it shows that a lot of hard work went into the play, plus it’s a roller coaster of emotions for the characters.

 This translates to a great show for the audience.

 Tickets are still available, in advance only at the Arts Center, or by calling 251-2496.

Tickets are $20 for Arts Center members and $20 for others — that includes a lasagna dinner. Dinner starts at 6 p.m. with the show at 7 p.m at the Quality Inn & Suites.

 Plus there’s a cash bar, so patrons of the arts can get a little loosened up before watching me on stage. I recommend this course of action.

 Last night we had a full dress rehearsal with some quests in the audience and they laughed at our shenanigans — this is good.

 I’ve interviewed many important people during my short time as a news reporter — but nothing nearly as nerve wracking as taking to the stage to entertain as a newcomer, joining a talented group of actors.

 I hope to see you all there.

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