In the "life imitates art" category, Sally Herritt, the company's executive director, had bronchitis. She was hoping to recover by curtain time to sing "Adelaide's Lament" from "Guys and Dolls." The song's refrain, "A person can develop a cold," seemed more than appropriate.
"Gold Dust Memories," is a celebration of the community theater group's half-century anniversary and includes a cast of 30 to 35 performers ages 9 or 10 to 50-something.
The show and some of the songs taken from shows performed through five decades are emblematic of the community theater experience - in Chambersburg and the other Tri-State area venues.
Amateur performers - people who have busy lives of work, school and family - participate for the love of it.
Renee Sharpe expressed a similar thought in the role of Sister Robert Anne from "Nunsense." As another part of "Gold Dust Memories," she sang, "I don't care if I'm rich or famous, I just want to be a star."
Season schedules are at right for Apollo Civic Theatre in Martinsburg, W.Va., Chambersburg Community Theatre, Old Opera House Theatre Company in Charles Town, W.Va., and Hagerstown's Potomac Playmakers. Information about Brunswick (Md.) Community Theater reader's theater also is included. Chambersburg's Conococheague Players, another reader's theater, doesn't have sessions scheduled, but information is available by calling 1-717-264-2247.