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April 6, 2013

Dear Abby: Young actress tires of playing second banana

:Dear Abby: I’m a member of a close-knit theater company for teens, and I auditioned for the musical “Fame.” The director wants to give me a role as one of the teachers.

Show after show, I get matronly roles with no memorable lines or funny scenes. I don’t know if I should accept the part. If I do, I’ll get to be with my friends. If I don’t, there will still be another show coming up that I can audition for. What should I do?

:Young Actress in Michigan

:Dear Young Actress: Grab all the time you can get onstage. If you didn’t have the depth it takes to portray a mature role, your director wouldn’t want to assign it to you. This is a COMPLIMENT about your abilities. Audition for the next show, as well. The more varied the roles you play, the more you can develop your craft.

:Dear Abby: My husband and I decided to take some classes at a local community college. We both have college degrees, but there was a class we were interested in. We are the oldest students in the class by 10 to 20 years.

I am irritated by our classmates’ disrespect and rudeness to the instructor. It takes the form of talking with each other when the instructor is speaking, then asking her to explain what she just discussed while they were talking. They sometimes get so loud that I can’t hear what the teacher is saying.

Is there anything I can do as a fellow student to get them to stop? Because of the age difference, I’m afraid most of them would think I was being bossy.

:Anonymous in California

:Dear Anonymous: The teacher you describe does not appear to be a particularly effective one, or she would have better control of the classroom.

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