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Theater Scene Written By Matthew Russell Hendrickson One Seasoned Actress A Lifetime Love of the Creative Process that is Theater M ost people who have become actors and are involved in community theater can usually say that their first experience with performing for an audience began with a school play. Roberta Vinkhuysen, however, said that first experience came at an early age putting on plays with her brothers to entertain their parents and friends. “We did holiday stories, pioneer dramas, reenactments of favorite musicals and parodies of television commercials. We thought we were pretty brilliant!” So, when she was in grade school and her school was putting on a performance of “The Phantom Tollbooth,” she jumped right in to get on stage. Her first role was as the Which Witch and she vividly remembers the thrill of being on stage and the response from the audience. She was instantly hooked and has been actively involved in theater and the performing arts ever since. “I loved the creative process of taking a story and making it come to life and turning it into a performance; not to mention all of that undivided attention from an audience.” Over the years she has performed on stage—she estimates that she has been in roughly “50 to 75 shows maybe— “I honestly can’t keep track anymore.” She has performed locally 80 GILROY • MORGAN HILL • SAN MARTIN in Gilroy and Morgan Hill for both Limelight Actor’s Theater (LAT) and South Valley Civic Theater (SVCT). She enjoys Limelight, stating “Limelight is a terrific little dinner theater where you can bring your own picnic dinner and bottle of wine to enjoy with the show. They put on a wonderful mix of comedies, dramas and musicals that really move you and/ or make you laugh.” But she also enjoys the larger venue of SVCT’s performance space at the Morgan Hill Playhouse which puts her in front of a large audience on a larger stage environment. She also serves on the board of SVCT and is actively involved with the play selection committee. Roberta’s favorite roles to date have been singing ones, having recently performed as Dolly in “Hello Dolly” and Lola in “Damn Yankees.” She also enjoys playing more whacky characters in comedies. She recently performed as Cassandra, a fortune telling maid in SVCT’s production of “Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike” for which she received a Member’s Choice Award for Best Supporting Female Actress and as three different characters in LAT’s production of “The 39 Steps” with multiple costume changes and having to keep track of the different accents each character spoke with. When asked what she truly enjoys most about being FEBRUARY/MARCH 2018 THEATER Roberta Vinkhuysen performing as Cassandra, a fortune-telling maid in South Valley Civic Theater's Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike in April, 2017 and Roberta 2W'6Vb