But it wasn't always this way for the Spain-born Consuelos, a
Just ask Corrine Broskette, longtime executive director of
On the morning of an audition for "SeaQuest 2032," a futuristic TV series starring
"When we played it back so he could watch it, he thought he was awful and that he would never get the part," Broskette said. "He was far from awful, but he did need to work on the lines. So that's what we did all morning."
Through a unique combination of acting classes and community theater that has produced 20 plays over the years, Broskette and the
Now the future of the 22-year
Broskette temporarily will teach acting classes from a conference room she is renting.
Problems began when the cost of rent went up and Broskette faced the prospect of higher ticket prices and tuition.
She tried to make up the difference with fundraisers instead, but support was limited.
She planned a summer show -- "A Bench in the Sun" -- and hoped it would lure investors.
Then her lead actor dropped out for family medical reasons. And a theater manager she hired quit.
"It's just been one shoe dropping after another," Broskette said. "It's a lot for a theater company run by one person to handle. Some people like to think I am
She remains optimistic she will find a new center to house her theater shows, noting she twice has lost locations and each time found a new one within a year.
"Venue means place," Broskette said. "And ironically, that is what
Lawrence learned the acting trade through Broskette and continues to study. He runs a successful community theater company of his own -- RL Stage, which has produced eight plays since it was founded in 2009.
Broskette said hers is the rare community theater with an educational component. Her students hone their craft in classes and showcase it on her stage.
"Other than one-act play festivals, I don't know any other theater that does that," she said. "I continue to believe the area needs something like
"Corrine and her
In the long run, Broskette also worries that the market for actors in
"Some actors who don't want to go to
And she notes that aspiring actors are just part of the clientele of acting schools. The best actors continue working with coaches throughout their careers.
Broskette isn't closing the curtain yet on
"We have at least one incarnation left in us," she said.
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