5 condolences: theater

My brother, Bill, was blessed with an incredible singing voice and a gift for acting.  As a child, he was very interested in performing.  So my parents let him audition and perform with our local theater company. And that meant I spent a lot of time attending rehearsals and performances. I always enjoyed it, and I’m convinced that’s what inspired my life-long love of theater.  I have been fortunate to see professional productions of some amazing musicals and plays over the years – Les Miserables, Phantom of the Opera, Cats, Arsenic and Old Lace, A Funny Thing Happened on the way to the Forum, Wicked.  And I’ve seen countless community productions of great shows like Pippin, Fiddler on the Roof, Oliver, and more. I love the way a play or musical can transport you to another time and place, and away from your own life.

This week, we share 5 condolence messages about theater:

  1. My favorite memory of Gayle was her and her sister Kate’s performance as the two little old murderous ladies in a production of Arsenic and Old Lace at the Minor Theater in Arcata … they were both fabulous. [Published in Eureka Times-Standard]
  2. Tony was always kind to folks. I worked as a stage hand one semester at Oakton Community Theater, and Tony was acting in the play “Sherlock Holmes’ Last Case” at the time, and after the show cast and crew always had a good time drinking and being merry. [Published in Chicago Suburban Daily Herald]
  3. As a young girl and friend of both Sibyle and Trudy, I spent many wonderful times at the Abernethy home. During these visits, we young girls often imagined ourselves as budding actresses, writers and producers and put on plays for the benefit of the Abernethy household. Mr. Abernethy was always present and helpful .. not only as an enthusiastic member of the audience, but as a master carpenter building sets for our youthful fantasies! And whatever he did, he was always smiling and “pretended” that our girlhood projects were the most important things in the world to him. [Published in Hickory Daily Record]
  4. Mr. Lair was our friend at the Barnes & Noble film department. He was full of fun and mischief, and always on the lookout for a new release starring one of the many female stars of Broadway and film he had known personally. He shared his scrap books with us, and some of us were even lucky enough to see his collection of film and theater memorabilia. He loved it when we could sit in the cafe with him and talk. He was generous to all, and he especially loved bringing gifts for the newborn babies of employees. He added a touch of class to our department, and we will miss seeing him walk through the gates, and wait, while we finished with other customers, so he could share a moment or two of our day. [Published in Peoria Journal Star]
  5. Uncle Don, I am sad this day has come. You were a spirited soul and your love and energy for music, musicals and theater was great to be around. I’ve fond memories watching you in many, many plays when I was younger.  [Published in The Olympian]

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I joined Legacy.com in 2002 as a part-time content screener and now serve as Director of Operations, overseeing Legacy’s day-to-day operations (Guest Book screening, obituary processing, customer service, and client service). I grew up in California, the daughter of a psychologist and a minister. My parents instilled in me the importance of listening to and caring about others. One of the things I appreciate most about working at Legacy.com is that I am able to have a small part in easing people's pain during one of the most difficult times in their lives. In my life outside of Legacy, I enjoy baking treats (and bringing them to the office to share), playing the piano, reading, taking pictures, tending to our vegetable & herb gardens, trying out new restaurants and foods, spending time with my husband, Chuck (whom I met at Legacy) and our kids, Brett Jr. & Josie.
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