Kenai Performers exemplifies meaning of community theater


Posted: Friday, March 28, 2003

As I finish putting the last of the sets away and get the final lost-and-found items back to their owners, I look back over this year's Kenai Performers' musical, "The Wiz," and I am ashamed to realize that I have taken so long to write to my larger community and let you all know how much you are appreciated!

They say it takes a village to raise a child, and it certainly takes an entire community to bring the fun and excitement of a major musical to fruition! Kenai Performers, your central peninsula's community theater group, draws actors, singers, dancers, musicians, theater technicians, artists, set builders, painters, costume designers, rope pullers and storytellers from every area of our central peninsula community from Ninilchik to Cooper Landing to Nikiski to put on "the big musical." This year nearly 4,000 of our neighbors came to enjoy the experience of "The Wiz."

Every year we have new ideas and needs that arise after the deadline for the program, and people don't get thanked publicly for their willing and generous support. This is a special thanks to all of you who helped, who came to watch and who offered your time and resources to make this show happen.

In particular, we send special thanks to Air Liquide for helping with special effects, Agrium for loaning us stuff for the set, Ron's Rental for helping with one of the big magic moments, the Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center for helping with our cast party, and the Salvation Army for sharing its storage space with us until the next show.

We also send another big thank you to all those who helped with the show, those who gave their time and energy to put this extravaganza on, all of you who came and laughed with us, the many businesses who supported us with ads in the program, and our wonderful ticket outlets and gala sponsor!

Here on the central Kenai Peninsula, when we say "community theater," we mean most powerfully COMMUNITY! Thank you all! Hope to see you next year!

Carol Ford, Kenai Performers

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