Tabitha Rox appears in the romantic comedy, “Almost, Maine,” which opens Jan. 17 at Weathervane Playhouse’s Founders Theater.
This past February, I made a major move from Orlando, Fla., back to Akron after spending 20 years in the sunshine. Moving across the country was difficult, but the hardest part, for me, was leaving my theatre family.
Central Florida has an incredible theatre community; it’s more than just “the mouse.” Orlando even hosts an international fringe festival every May. I really grew there as a performer. Would I find my place in Akron?
After I was settled into my new place and job, I started “liking” local theatre pages on Facebook. I was ready to try and weasel my way into Akron’s theatre community. A few weeks later, auditions for “Almost Maine” came across my feed and I was instantly excited! It’s such a cute, quirky show, and every role is terrific. It’s also one of those shows that even non-theatre people will enjoy. Eight short stories intertwining with each other; it pulls you in, leaving you wanting more.
Doing a play is a lot of work (and I’m no spring chicken), so I have to really want to do a show in order to audition for it. Auditions were even more intimidating than I imagined. Weathervane is HUGE! I’m used to performing for quaint little black box theatre companies with zero-dollar budgets. I thought, “There’s no way I’m going to make it.” I almost turned around and went home.
When I found out I was cast, I was in shock! I had to “step back and trick it” (come and see the show for details). Our first table read put my mind at ease. The cast was so nice and the director had an incredible vision for the show.
Throughout the rehearsal process, I met various members of our crew. These people are legit and take care of everything. All I have to do is perform. “What?” I could tell I was going to learn a lot from these people.
Just like most theatre companies in our country, Weathervane Playhouse exists on donations. As a performer, it’s my duty to work hard and make this a great experience for everyone. We’re going to put on a heck of a show for our community, and I feel so privileged to be a part of this process. After 30 years in theatre, I finally got my aurora lights.
“Almost, Maine” runs through Feb. 3 at Weathervane Playhouse’s Founders Theater. Showtimes are Thursday through Saturday, 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, 2:30 p.m. Tickets range from $10 (for children) to $22. Standard ticketing fees apply. Tickets may be purchased by calling (330) 836-2626 or going to www.weathervaneplayhouse.com.