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continues to participate in adult productions, these days his heart is in running the teen program.

onstage. We do a lot of no-name shows, so you can be ‘that guy’ instead of one of 20 who have played that part.”

His goal is for teens to understand what it means to be a theater professional.

Tom McCance, an 83-year-old retired professional fundraiser with public speaking experience, learned that truth first hand. He saw a theater sign on the street in 2012, walked in to audition, and landed a bit part in the comedy, “Red Velvet Cake Wars,” before leaving for a trip to Cairo, Egypt. “The director said, ‘You don’t have to practice until you come back from Cairo.’” McCance says, chuckling. “I’d never been on a stage before.”

Hartley rattles skills they develop through the program: Confidence, responsibility, team work, the ability to turn a mistake a “meant to be,” and the art of knowing when to say things — and when not to say them. “We’re the theater of opportunity,” says Hartley. And that goes for adults, too. “We do two auditions each time, so you have an opportunity to go back to audition. I’m an awful auditioner,” he grins. “It’s an opportunity to be backstage, be

Neither had Dorinda Morrison-Garrand when she auditioned for — and was cast in — the same show. She’s been a staple in the theater ever since. “I love comedy,” she says. “I love people’s reaction. I love to make people laugh.” She also enjoys theater camaraderie. “The best thing is when you get up there and everything

meshes.” Morrison-Garrand offers this advice for those who dream of giving theater a try. “They can come; it’s all volunteer. People are very helpful. Don’t be afraid to audition.” McCance agrees. He describes the theater group as helpful, fun, and totally committed. “The degree of enthusiasm and desire to achieve are better than any other not-for-profit group I’ve worked with.” Loyd, who at age 70 focuses mainly on manning the lights, attributes the theater’s success to small groups of people who “have a vision.” “You find people who love theater and they get involved. Over the years we’ve built up a group of actors, directors, and technical people. When we need somebody, someone shows up.” “Divine providence,” Morrison-Garrand quips. “It feels like home.” For more info on the theatre and its upcoming 40th season, visit LWLT.org.

Kiana Perkins as Charlotte Walden in “Diary of a Wallflower” at Lake Wales Little Theatre.

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