Down Memory Lane at Southwest Playhouse was a complete success! We had at least 160 people in our audience, and we could not have asked for a more responsive, supportive crowd. Southwest Playhouse was full of laughter, and at times we all cried together as we remembered past performances at our beloved community theatre.
Our cast was complete with 31 people, including Terry and Linda Brooks, who were very involved in the 80s at SWPH; Keith Taggart, a last minute surprise cast member who was involved in the 70s; and of course, Kitty King Fisher, one of our founding members. Terry brought me to tears with his rendition of “On the Street Where You Live” from My Fair Lady, and there wasn’t a dry eye in the house as Keith and Kitty reprised a scene from The Unsinkable Molly Brown. Keith told me after dress rehearsal that he never expected to have this opportunity with Kitty again. Looking at her, she had the same depth of character and spark in her eyes that she had in 1977, the year Molly Brown hit our stage.
Down Memory Lane raised $2,821.00! We also received a grant from the MT and Helen Gholston Charitable Trust to match what we raised up to $2,500.00. So in total, we raised $5,321.00! All of this money will go toward updating our sound system, lighting system,
and any other technical areas that need to be improved in the theatre. We sold numerous SWPH 50th anniversary t-shirts, two beautiful 50th anniversary cakes, and our audience was so very generous. We at SWPH are humbled by the support shown for this event. Community theatre would not exist without the community.
Don’t forget that season tickets are still available! They can cut the cost of attending a show in half, and you are also able to reserve your tickets a day earlier than our general audiences! Wizard of Oz opens in September, and I hope to see you there to support the asset to our community that is Southwest Playhouse.