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19 February 2007
Colon Cancer Surgery Can't Keep Actress
Sylvia Malone from Taking the Stage

One by one the actors strut across the stage, bow and are embraced by the warm crackle of applause. When Sylvia Malone takes her curtain call, the audience rises.

The standing ovation is for Malone's opening-night performance in the CAST production of "The Trip to Bountiful." But few in the audience are aware of what she endured outside of the spotlight.

Spending two hours stalking the stage, delivering pages of dialogue with resonating power and emotion while maintaining a marathon pace that would exhaust a teenager is an impressive feat for anyone.

Sylvia Malone did it five months after having her colon removed. She is also 74.

As a retired professor of speech from Jacksonville State University with a long career in theater both as a drama teacher and actor Malone tells her own story as though it was part of the lesson plan. And she refuses to cast herself in the hero's role.

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