November 19, 2010

It has been a bright autumn season. DFT’s first harvest yielded not only bountiful fruits but also plentiful seeds for future planting.

Three new acting students joined the final adult acting studio class on Thursday and all are excited about meeting again come springtime. Next week, on the eve of Thanksgiving, Urban Ministries of Durham will host our 2nd evening of storytelling with families living in their homeless shelter. On December 1st we’ll announce the winner of our Poster Design Contest. Ryan Gunzel has composed four fabulous songs already for our production of “Alice in Wonderland, a musical.” I’ve nearly completed the first draft of what is shaping up to be an exciting adaptation of Lewis Carroll’s books (with such great material, it’s easy.) Robin, who ran the front of house/box office for our Halloween concerts, called today to say, “What else do you need?” Also, today a new singer joined Ryan and I in rehearsals for the first in our series of DFT Neighborhood Seeds Concerts, being hosted on December 11th by a family from the Watts-Hillandale neighborhood. The show is going to be lovely, so please consider inviting us to your home for a December holiday concert.

There’s much more to do of course and everyday brings new opportunities in the form of relationships, ideas and creations for growing the Durham Family Theatre. Still, Thanksgiving offers the opportunity to rest from labors and feel gratitude for the harvest.

In celebration and gratitude for our promising beginning, I’ll take the next week off from posting on this site and return again on Monday, November 29th. I wish you all holidays blessed by family, community and peace.

Warmly, Jenny

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