Thanks to community for six successful shows
After six very successful performances, the Jamestown Community Theatre’s “The Wizard of Oz” has departed from the Jamestown Recreation Center, leaving its stage with only memories of a Scarecrow, Tin Woodsman, Cowardly Lion, many munchkins, a couple of diverse witches, a guards duo, a wizard, flying monkeys, Jitterbugs, a boy and his ukulele, a Yellow Brick Road, some Winkies, a chorus, trees, crows, a well-known aunt and uncle, and of course, a little girl named Dorothy and her dog.
And now, after many hours of clean-up, the basketball nets are up again, and the teens, recreation center administrators, and others who graciously allowed us to turn the building into Oz for a couple of weeks, can once more venture into a gymnasium, without the concern that they might run into a dog named Toto or find a house falling from the effects of a theatrical tornado.
True, all is back to normal, but in between normal and back to normal again, there was this rainbow that drew some people together with this thing we call “theatre” and this other thing we call “community.” With an age gap of 80 years (3 to 83 years old), the cast, crew and production team paused for a while to work, play and perform together, to explore new friendships, and to celebrate success together.
I want to thank each person who helped to create this rainbow. Your efforts and talents provided that wonderful emotion called passion. Of course, without spectators, the players could not have appropriately displayed their skills to the public. Hence, I thank the audiences, who enthusiastically joined us as we travelled down the Yellow Brick Road.
The great and powerful Wizard of Oz said, “And remember, my sentimental friends, that a heart is not judged by how much you love, but by how much you are loved by others.” So, with my heartfelt gratitude to cast, crew, production team and parents of cast members, I want you to know that you are loved by many others.
Mary S. Wright