EDGE OF STEAMBOAT

Taking on a new challenge

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— It's always good to reinvent yourself when life gets complacent, at least that's what a colleague of mine once said.

So when things got a little slow at the paper, I acted on that wisdom and volunteered for 4-Points. Then when I realized that to really understand the arts community in Steamboat Springs means to participate in it, I joined the spring Sherlock Holmes play that's running tonight and Saturday.

This is my first attempt at acting and I would like to say that I earned it by beating out a bunch of people at an audition.

Hardly. Director Rusty Delucia needed someone to fill a role and a friend of mine in the play asked me to do it. I must admit Rusty probably took me out of necessity, if not pity.

At least I'm credited on going on my own will.

Soon I found myself committed to four to five nights a week of rehearsals for about six weeks, which I didn't really account for.

I also didn't put it together right off the bat that for my first performance ever I would play an effeminate (maybe gay) English actor. Think Robin Williams in "Birdcage," I was told.

For a guy who used to be a defensive tackle on a high school football team, gregariously strutting around in a cape and a red scarf doesn't exactly come natural. But I gave it my best try, and though I don't think I completely pulled it off, I did create a character with a mild sense of "curiosity."

So after numerous week-old donuts, endless cups of coffee, hours of rehearsals and lots of help from fellow actors, I became an actor in a play and a reinvention was complete.

The best thing about reinvention is that you become something different, but you never really change who you are. Meanwhile, life just seems more interesting.

The play is at 7:30 p.m. tonight and Saturday at the 7th Street Playhouse if you want to check it out.

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