Never too late to pursue a passion, a group of more than 50 people take the stage

LELAND, NC (WWAY) — It’s never too late to pursue a passion, and a local art center is helping seniors pursue theirs.

A course offered by the Leland Cultural Arts Center (LCAC) gives people aged 50 and over a chance to develop or hone their acting skills.

On Monday, the Brunswick County Players took the stage in front of an audience of over 40 people.

It’s something the group has been preparing for since beginning a course called “Discover the Joy of Acting,” which started on March 7.

Instructor Ella Reicher said she feels lucky to have a place to pass on her love of performing to others.

“A while ago I was like, oh, I was going to have a cultural arts center,” she said. “I was hoping they had some theater, luckily they did, and I’ve been working at the LCAC for, I guess, seven years.”

It’s a great way for participants to learn to express themselves using voice, body, and mind — through role-playing, character development, and acting, according to Reischer.

The course gives seniors the opportunity to learn the trade and then present what they have learned in front of a live audience.

“They feel good about themselves and that’s the most important thing,” she said. “Sometimes people get a little nervous about being on stage, but that goes away after I’ve worked with them, it wears off.”

Theater is an art form that can be rewarding; according to Reicher, once participants experience the scene, they want more.

“I’m so proud of them,” she said. “I’m so lucky to have these people to work with, and they love it, too.”

Anyone interested can attend the next course, which begins May 2 and ends June 13.

A fee is due on the first day of class – paid to the instructor – to pay for supplies such as scripts.

Call the Leland Cultural Arts Center for more information on joining the Brunswick County Players at 910-385-9891.