An experienced actor was among two couples from North Carolina who went sailing near Williamsburg on a blustery afternoon. Annette and Paul White travel together at least once a year with Lynda and Mike White.
While enduring stiff winds that heeled the boat, Lynda mentioned that Mike White took up acting as an adult and works in community theater. They’re both retired teachers. I asked if he had done Shakespeare, which we all studied in college but now I find tedious reading. “Yes, I did. But it was very hard to memorize the lines. Some of them just didn’t make sense in the Middle English.”
Lynda said proudly that he played Scrooge in “The Christmas Carol.” Mike recalled, “I had to memorize 1,700 lines for a play that runs 2-1/2 hours, almost without any break. I also played Dracula, which was fun.”
I mentioned that it’s remarkable how many actors can sing, using comedian Stephen Colbert as a good example.
“I met him once,” Mike said. “We did a television commercial together, and I found him to be very talented.” Lynda said that the TV spot he did with race car driver Carl Petty was more lucrative. “You made thousands on that.”
“$12,000 actually.” I was surprised that actors get residuals on commercials. “I would have made more,” Mike laughed, “but Petty stopped winning.”
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