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I haven't gotten a whole lot of sewing done these past few weeks nor much work done on the studio renovations. My time has been taken up with being in a play at the Alpena Civic Theatre based on old radio mysteries of the masters like Ellery Queen, Nero Wolfe and Agatha Christi. I play 2 parts in this play - Agatha and the future secretary of Hurcule Pioriot. Last night (Monday the 28th) we put on a performance for the developmentally challenged or "special needs" members of our community. That is a humbling experience and one that makes me see the gifts that we all are given and take for granted. These individuals don't normally go to plays or the movies due to their disabilities, i.e., sudden outbursts, constant talking, figeting, impulsive behaviors, being disruptive or disturbing to a lot of people. They thoroughly enjoyed themselves and, both during intermission and immediately after the play, told each actor/actress how much they enjoyed it, what they enjoyed most and that it was "better than TV"!

Sorry for rambling, but just had to share what was going on with me other than quilting and cleaning out my sewing room to make it habitable for my inlaws when they come visit in 2 weeks. Yikes!

Have a great day all - Terri at the Drake's Nest in Ossineke, Michigan where I had to turn on the heat the house got a little too cool!

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Comment by Terri D. on June 30, 2010 at 7:54am
For a small town, Alpena, Michigan is blessed with two theatres, Alpena Civic Theatre, in which none of the actors are paid and Thunder Bay Theatre which is Northern Michigan's only professional theatre having a paid core company and which uses locals in its plays from time to time, who are not paid. Currently, this theatre is putting on a fantastic performance of the Broadway play, "Sweeney Todd." We also have the theatre at our local community college. Alpena Civic always dedicates one performance from each play that it does for the special needs community and one night for our seniors to attend. Senior nights are always fun and a challenge and I'm not talking about the performance! The play generally starts at 7:30 and cast is suppose to be at the theatre by 6; however, on Senior nights we need to be there by 4:30 just to find a place to park because they start lining up out the door at 5 pm! If the stage door isn't unlocked for you to enter and you try to go through the front door, you are accused of trying to cut in line and really razzed. Almost like running the gauntlet . I've appeared in both Civic Theatre performances and in professional theatre performances (nope not paid) and have enjoyed all of them. The last professional performance I did was a wonderful experience in that I played a nurse in an insane assylum while my son played the doctor! The one and only chance I'd ever have to say "my son the doctor."
Thanks for all the very kind comments and encouraging responses. Tonight is rehearsal and tomorrow the S-E-N-I-O-R-S!
Comment by Prairie Quilter Jan/NE on June 30, 2010 at 7:37am
Sounds wonderful! It is wonderful that you are taking the opportunities to share your talents - even those outside of the quilting world. We love to hear about them.
Comment by Terry F on June 30, 2010 at 7:11am
Good luck with getting the sr ready for the inlaws. Doing the play sounds like fun but I'm sure it takes a lot of energy too. High praise indeed from the "special" community members.
Comment by Connecting Threads on June 30, 2010 at 6:53am
BJ - road trip??!! haha I'd love to see you perform also- I'm a big fan of live performances.
Comment by B J Elder/WA on June 30, 2010 at 6:30am
Sounds like you are doing some fun and wonderful stuff! Would love to live nearer to be able to come see your plays. I'm so glad you put the play on for the special needs people, that's really awesome. You are a woman of many talents!
Comment by Traci on June 30, 2010 at 6:12am
Sounds totally awesome! I LOVE Piorot!
Comment by Pam/NY on June 30, 2010 at 3:12am
Terri-Sounds like a great time...we love community theater. So much talent, it's nice you can participate locally. I'm always amazed at the plays our high school puts on every year. Thanks for including our special citizens. We have members of our family that we would like to take to these events, but out of respect for the majority, we don't.
Comment by christi on June 29, 2010 at 10:40pm
What fun to do a play. We all need variety in our lives and your were fortunate to be able to share with your audience
Comment by Lindsey Ray on June 29, 2010 at 10:31pm
I love the old mysteries, and especially Agatha Christie mysteries. I love to watch them on PBS, and have been reading quite a few of them lately. How excellent that you were able to share with the disabled community, what a fun evening for everyone!
Comment by Linda Richards/N. Ontario on June 29, 2010 at 8:28pm
Terri, how exciting for you. You were not rambling and thanks for sharing. You are so right. We take so much for granted. I also am right there with you as to turning on the heat. It was only 5oC here this a.m. That is like 40oF. For the end of June, just a tad too cool and others are complaining about the heat (ha). Guess we cannot be satisfied eh? Take care and don't forget to clean out that room for the inlaws eh? (ha). I am sure they will understand.

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