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Tuesday, June 14, 2011
Tuesday Spotlight: Lee Ann Sontheimer Murphy
I’ll confess that there may be times that my family may think I’m talking to myself because I’m trying out lines so that I can get beneath a character’s skin. I might go so far as to occasionally dress the part which tends to delight kids when they’re young and embarrass them as teenagers. Last year I wore a long gingham dress, apron, and sunbonnet to an area historic site, Fort Scott. A lot of the staff and visitors dressed in period clothing too but my teenage daughter swore she would hide her face if she saw anyone she knew. It’s lucky for both of us that she didn’t.
On stage I brought my characters to life through costume, through delving within to determine just what kind of person the character might be and how to show that. Since one of the writer’s mantras we hear so often is show, don’t tell – acting can show us who our characters really are!