To The Daily Sun,
I just wanted to take the time to thank Trish Lindberg and the Educational Theatre Collaborative at the Silver Center for the Performing Arts for giving me a wonderful gift. I went to the auditions because, well, it's January, it's grey, and this "play lady" just wanted to do something different, meet some new people, do a play without being in charge.
I am so grateful! One hundred-plus people coming together every day, looking forward to being together, taking care of each other, so compassionate, so loving. Children with the warmest, deepest, most hopeful hearts. And other people, all around, who are not on stage, but there to make sure everyone has costumes, props, provisions, anything they need to keep this giant machine moving smoothly.
"Fiddler on the Roof" is about family, community, hope, strength and unity — and this show and this experience have turned out to be a heartwarming illustration of just that.
When I was a teen performing in a community or school show, I would cry my eyes out when the show ended. As a grown-up and now professional, I am more often likely to be relieved to put one show to bed and move on to the next project. But this is different. I am teary-eyed as we open this show, knowing that in a few days, I won't get to see my new friends every day.
What a joy. What a wonderful affirmation of how theater can bring a community together. I am so thankful to be reminded of how important community theater is to the community at large and hope you will all join us between now and Jan. 28 so we can share it with you as well.
Nancy Barry, Producer
Interlakes Summer Theatre
& community member of
ETC Fiddler on the Roof
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