ANOTHER BREAK IN THE ACTION:
THAT WHICH WAS MISSING FROM THE RECENT CELEBRATION
I realize that this is going backward, but now that I’ve had time to reflect on the celebration for the 50th season at the Playhouse, I can think of about a hundred things I should have done differently or just plain should have done! I have no excuse other than I was so excited, that I wasn’t thinking straight!
At the top of the list of things that were neglected was recognizing by name those people who worked so hard that very first season at the Playhouse and were in attendance at the lunch, reception, and evening shows. Most of them have more than one Playhouse season to look back on. These are the people (along with so many others who couldn’t join us in celebrating) who gave continuity to the Playhouse in those early years. Let’s recognize those who were with us now:
Judy Porter Hennen—8 seasons
Norma Stone—11 seasons
Tom (T.C.) Cervone—4 seasons
Tom Pasinetti—4 seasons
Larry Crofford—2 seasons
Kay Murphy Cilone—2 seasons and Mark Murphy–2 Seasons
Janie Miller—1 season
Shari Murphy Coote—24 seasons
Next, it would have been so wonderful if we had taken a few minutes for each of these first-season pioneers to reminisce about that 1972 season—its joys and aggravations. I loved being at the Drover’s, but being spread among three rooms was a bit trying.
I wish I had publicly thanked Julie Barnhart and Diana Mendel who were with us all weekend, who created the clever slide show which ran during the reception, who provided the lovely cake, who organized the Friday evening Open Mic, who put together the programs to hand out each evening, and who have been instrumental in making sure that the Playhouse had a 50th season.
Finally, I am so grateful to Emily Hores, long-time Playhouse participant, for organizing the wonderful Saturday show, Playhouse Rewind, to Heather Vulgamore Deerfield for writing the Rewind script, and of course, to all of those talented performers from across the five decades who performed on Saturday evening.
I think one of the most important things to have come out of the weekend celebration was this: After 50 seasons, the Brooke Hills Playhouse still means an awful lot to an awful lot of people. It means that those who have worked on the stage and behind the scenes in that old barn have a special place in their hearts for both the place and their fellow cast and crew members. And it means that above all, we want to see Brooke Hills Playhouse continue on for generations to come. To that end, let’s look forward to our next reunion. May it not take another 50 seasons for that one!