Kensington Family

Yesterday we opened Tarzan and it was wonderful! (Come see it!) I’m not sure how to put what I’m feeling today into words, please bear with me as I try. I had a vision… a dream to create a place where anyone who wanted to work hard and love each other for exactly who they are could come together and create really good theatre. Yesterday, everything seemed fine, then we pushed the go button to begin the first light cue and it didn’t work. I looked to my friend to cover while I madly tried to fix the error. Without hesitation, he jumps on stage and starts telling jokes. And in the whirl of freaking out about the lights, I now notice the Improvinators (who had come to just watch the show) are also now on stage entertaining the audience. The lights get fixed and the audience applauds. And then the next bit of magic begins. Seventy youth tell a beautiful story about families. If anyone doubts the youth of today, please come witness Tarzan. These are not only fabulous performers, they give and love and value the selflessness theatre can be. By the end of the performance, without thinking, I rose to my feet: Bravo to the kids! Bravo to the adults! Bravo to my friends! Bravo! I didn’t realize that a dream could truly become a reality… Bravo to my Kensington family!

Here’s to 2012!

As this year ends so does our fourth season! I can hardly believe where we started and where we have come.

Some wonderful memories of this past year: Cinderella’s Prince and the Steward spontaneously switching parts in Woods, the teens’ awesome execution of Thriller, all those talented children (over 300 participated this year!), a bloody nose in Captain Louie and a witty cast covering the blood, a hysterical birthday serenade by seven talented Little Mermaid cast members, the sweet rallying around mourning cast members, strikes (oh the strikes… let’s build a theatre! Come on… just 3 milllion!), the thousands of laughs shared with our charismatic iMPROVINATORS, and who can forget the teens’ brilliant execution of Les Miserables?!

Our community of theatre is just amazing! Constantly giving, loving, working, and laughing. The art of theatre is more than a production: it builds life skills, it unites communities, it gives one a sense of home and a sense of self, it is a gift that we carefully package for months and lovingly hand to our audiences, it is what is being tenderly grown at SJCT. I am so proud of this theatre company; of its optimism, its energy, its integrity, and most of all its people (always growing, always welcoming)!

What a wonderful year! Thank you to all who made it another marvelous memory! Here’s to Season 4 at SJCT and looking forward to Season 5 in 2013!

School Lockers!

At this time of year, I am so grateful to have this theatre company. I am grateful for the choice friendships my family and I have and the many, many amazing children I get to work with! I am also grateful to people who recognize the need for the community to be an active part of our theatre family. So many have donated their time, money, and resources for us! Just the other day, I called Schoollockers/Jorgenson Material handling to purchase lockers for High School Musical and Footloose. I got a quote and ended the call with the gentleman to think about if we could afford it. Then I got a call back offering to donate the lockers! How kind! We put out calls so often and our community always answers! Thank you for making this community theatre what community theatre should be!

All In One Day

Today I woke up at 6 AM, helped build an oversized kitchen, ran in a two hour marathon (called If You Give a Mouse a Cookie!), helped tear down the oversized kitchen, yelled at orphans, heard the most beautiful voices, saw the Red Baron, and watched families sing together. All in one day! Is there anywhere else in the world but theatre that you could really do all this? Another great day with SJCT.

“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”.

Little Shop Strike!

Wow! What a night… or should I say morning! The strike lasted till 1:30 AM. But as yucky as that seems I really enjoyed the strike. Working so hard like that bonds people in a way that is seldom matched. As we worked we shared stories about the production and ourselves, joked, raced carts, ate really good cookies (thanks, Jen!), and had a marvelous time doing something no one wanted to do.

At 1:30 AM we finally finished but we all lingered in a circle and laughed at Seth and Geoff’s version of West Side Story, DeeDee’s impression of Arianne forgetting her choreography, Kevin’s impersonation of Rachel and me, and so much more. Finally, we managed to tear ourselves away and head home. I came home grateful to be a part of something that can take a tedious strike and turn it into a delightful memory. That’s our theatre!