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Dear Abby: I’m a member of a 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 on stage. 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.

Disrespect in the classroom

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?

– 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.

Because the noise level is so high you can’t hear the lecture, I have two suggestions: The first is to speak privately with the teacher. And if that doesn’t do the trick, when the students around you become disruptive, ask them to pipe down so you can hear what the instructor is saying. You paid for the class and you should get your money’s worth.