Curtains rise for first-time actor

Wendy Williams has the role of “Player” in the upcoming production of “Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead.” PHOTOGRAPH BY TINA WELLS / THE FLARE
Wendy Williams has the role of “Player” in the upcoming production of “Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead.” PHOTOGRAPH BY TINA WELLS / THE FLARE

Wendy Williams, Nacogdoches sophomore, landed a lead role the first time she ever auditioned
She said she was shocked and was certainly not expecting such a part.
She will be playing the First Player in The KC Theatre Department’s “Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead.”
Williams has never had any acting experience but said she does not have stage fright due to being cheer captain in high school.
Williams has had a long relationship with theatre, working in makeup or as backstage tech, but never had the opportunity to do what she has always desired, to act in a play.
Williams took a semester off from going to Stephen F. Austin State University to be a student at KC.
She is majoring in Geriatric Social Work and decided it was time to seize the opportunity to perform on stage.
Williams recalled “having a frog in her throat” and being nervous the first day of rehearsals. However, the second day and so on have being going swimmingly.
Williams said she has really been improving on her memorization and sense of acting.
“This is it. This is what I was hoping it would be,” Williams said, “It is definitely living up to my expectations.”
Williams went into the auditioning process comfortable. She says the first day was nothing but fun for her.
The callbacks, on the other hand, made her more nervous because of how badly she wanted to be part of the show.
Now she is putting everything into her role and feels confident that the show will reach its full potential.
The only aspect of the show that discourages her is that everyone on cast and crew are pressed for time.
Williams said she feels as though she is almost a step behind due to lack of acting experience, but is certain that she will catch and do her absolute best.
“Life is a gamble at terrible odds. If it was a bet, you wouldn’t take it,” quoted Williams from her character’s lines.
‘Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead’ is set for 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 7, through Saturday, Oct. 11, with a matinee performance at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 12, in Van Cliburn Auditorium. General admission tickets are $10 for adults, $7 for students and $5 for KC students with a student ID.