A new season is approaching us as the countdown begins to the first set of auditions for 2019-2020. With our first relaunch in the bag, we are looking to a bright future with a stable venue, an expanded crew, and a variety of shows scheduled.
As our organization expands, one thing remains abundantly clear. We need all the help we can get. I realized after being the captain of our maiden voyage that I cannot truly do all the things. There were times where I felt like Dick Van Dyke in Mary Poppins (a one man band).
We need fundraising committees, parent chaperones, thrift store gurus, seamstresses, hair stylists, and folks willing to pick up a broom or a mop to get the theater sparkling clean. As one of seven children, my mother told me "many hands make light work". I truly believe that saying. I realize that Footlights cannot be successful and continue to grow unless the we put the "community" in community theatre. I'm reaching out to ask all of you who follow this blog to think about volunteering your time to help in some way. We have sign up forms for everything from one day audition hospitality to public event coordinator. There are jobs you can do from home in your own time or one day events you can attend with nothing but a smile and a crew t shirt!
Remember that the whole is only as good as the sum of its parts and it takes mulitplicatively more hands to create theatre behind the scenes than it does to create the story on the stage. Batton down the hatches for our second journey friends and get involved today so we can make this a phantasmagorical season!
Kristi Kargic is executive director for Footlights Community Theater based in Athens, AL. She is an elementary teacher with a lifelong love of performing arts. She strives to provide art in her home community at little to no cost to participants. Kristi is a published poet, playwright, and performing musician. Her motto is "if you build it, they will come."