- Last Updated on 08:06 AM 02/07/14
- BY By Kirk Compton/SPECIAL TO THE GAZETTE
As the old adage goes, “success is 99 percent preparation and 1 percent perspiration.” The same could be said about acting. It takes a great deal of preparation, mixed with a little bit of perspiration, to make a stage performance worthy of a top prize.
When the theatre goes head-to-head with sports, the outcome can be either a comedy or a tragedy. In the case of “The Complete World of Sports (Abridged),” comedy wins this round.
The show, aiming to hit on each and every sport in the known world, has its actors running, jumping, leaping and climbing to get the job done. A seasoned veteran of the Chastain Theatre stage, and one of the three actors playing many roles in this production, is Sandy Slayton.
Slayton, who has starred both on stage and worked behind the scenes on numerous Halifax County Little Theatre productions, was excited to give “The Complete World of Sports (Abridged)” a try.
“When HCLT produced ‘The Complete Works of Shakespeare (Abridged)’ a few years ago, the actors seemed to be having a great time, and I knew this show would be similar, so I decided to give it a shot,” Slayton said.
While having three actors in a show can be advantageous, it also means relying heavily on one another to keep things moving. In addition to Slayton, the other two performers in “The Complete World of Sports (Abridged)” are Paul Streeter and Jeremy Duffer. This trio must know their lines, hit their mark, and do it all with the effort and grace of … well, a top athlete.
Streeter, most recently seen on The Prizery stage in “How I Became a Pirate,” said, “The rehearsal process has been rigorous yet very fun as well. This show requires a lot of preparation and physical acting unlike my role in ‘How I Became a Pirate.”’ Continuing, Streeter said, “The most enjoyable part of this show for me would be the various characters that unfold from scene to scene.”
Speaking of characters, enter Jeremy Duffer, fresh off of his turn as the loathsome Dixon in “The Man Who Saved Christmas.” Though not a sportsman by his own account, Duffer has participated in soccer since he was young.
“I played soccer most of my life. I’m honestly not a sports buff. I do like martial arts, but I’ve never been properly taught,” he said.
Streeter and Slayton also have participated in athletic activities throughout their lives — the former was a runner in his younger years, and the later has competed in softball, tennis, volleyball, basketball and racquetball while growing up.
“The Complete World of Sports (Abridged)” is for everyone – no matter one’s record of wins versus loses or whether they’ve finished first or last. Duffer agrees and said, “I think people will like it if they like sports, or even if they don’t. There is a lot in this play for everyone to enjoy.”
Halifax County Little Theatre’s winter comedy opens at The Prizery on Friday, Feb. 21, running a matinee on Sunday, Feb. 23, and evening show on Feb. 22, 28 and March 1.
This fresh comedy will bring patrons right out of those winter doldrums. Don’t miss it.