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By Chelsey Willis:
Sights & Sounds
John Paul Marston sits at a piano surrounded by lights, cameras, microphones and about a dozen or more production crewmembers. Nervous and anxious of performing, he touches the piano’s keys. A voice yells out, “Don’t touch the keys! Just pretend to play!” Marston is relieved. Another direction comes, “Remember, you’re under a spell so ignore everything.” It goes against the most basic skill of any professional actor—reaction.
“Action!” yells the director. The scene begins. It’s Marston’s big moment.