“Community”

I love theatre! When we began this community theatre journey we had to pick a name. We avoided names with “community” in it because it has a negative connotation for mediocre theatre. But we were encouraged by the city of South Jordan to keep “community” in the name because in politics it has a wonderful connotation. Two and half years, twelve productions, and hundreds of cast members later… I love the “community” in our name.

Last night we struck The Best Christmas Pageant Ever. I was again moved by the cheerful cast, crew, and parents who busily helped in the strike, even in the late hours. Most of these people don’t hold performing degrees or have huge, impressive acting resumes, but they continue to impress our audiences. Why? People are moved by plays that make them feel something and I think our audiences feel the joy and excitement our cast members are discovering and rediscovering in theatre with people they love in their families and community. This fresh and optimistic energy permiates the whole process in our community theatre.

At the end of each performance, I am always touched by our community holding hands in curtain call; united, smiling, and proud. It’s a marvelous word, “community”.

About Toni

Toni is the President and Artistic Director for Kensington Theatre Company. By day, she is mom to five beautiful children, wife to the talented Paul, and teaches Theatre/Crew for Early Light Academy.