And here's another article about one of my plays, a preview of a production of The Enchanted Bookshop by the Kearney Community Theatre.
In it, co-director Judy Rozema describes how theater builds community in their small Nebraska town. Not only did they get a huge turnout for auditions (75 children for 25 roles), but the kids who got cast come from 15 different schools and represent a wide variety of interests, from die-hard theater types to math whizzes to musicians.
"It just shows you that the arts can involve everyone. It encompasses all sorts of groups of people and personalities. It brings them together to make something that is a joint effort across so many areas of different interests."
More than half of the kids have never acted before.
"And they are loving it," Rozema adds. "This is something that is timeless, something that's not going to die regardless of what the funding does."
Thank you, Judy, and all you hard-working directors out there for making this something possible.