2005-12-08 / Letters to the Editor

Memories of the theater

By now most people have heard that I have stepped down from my position as music director for the Jamestown Community Theatre. When Mary Wright and I started the theater group in 1990, I never dreamed that 15 years later I would still be volunteering my time and energy to the theater. I find that I still have the time but that my energy level is on the wane. Hopefully, I will be able to help with future productions but in a much smaller way.

To say that I have enjoyed my tenure with the group would be an understatement. It gave me an opportunity to continue to work with music and children after retiring from teaching in 1989. It has been so rewarding to see the children (and some adults) develop their talents and gain self-confidence and composure. Things that will help them for the rest of their lives in whatever path they choose to follow.

I would like to say a big thank-you to all the people that I have worked with over the years, both onand offstage, for their cooperation, patience and hard work. Last, but definitely not least, I would also like to thank the members of the community for backing the theater and helping to make our shows so successful

On the last night of this year’s production, I was presented with a “Melodious Memories Quilt.” The cast and crew of “HONK! made the squares, and Erin Brown, a new member to our group, sewed the squares together into a lovely quilt which will remind me of the plays and all the people I’ve worked with through the years.

I hope that when you find yourselves humming a tune from one of the shows that you will think of me.

Patty Vandal

Jamestown

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