Letter: Many made ‘A Christmas Carol’ a success

A warm and heartfelt thank you goes out to all who came and saw Rappahannock Association for the Arts and the Community’s recent production of Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol.” Without a faithful and appreciative audience our community theater could not exist. You are every bit as important to community theater as the very talented cast and crew I have recently had the extreme pleasure to work with. Thank you all.

Community theater has a somewhat unique ability to take a group, sometimes a fairly large group, of individuals from a wide variety of backgrounds, ages and disciplines and unite them in a matter of a few short weeks into a loving, working, cohesive family. A family that strives through humor, patience and dedication to produce the best productions we are capable of. It requires a lot of work, skipped meals, schedule adjustments, loss of sleep etc., but the spiritual and emotional rewards that are gained by inclusion in this “special family” far outweigh the cost in food, sleep and hard work.

I would encourage any who have not joined us in the past to consider coming to auditions in the future. You don’t know how rewarding it is until you try.

Beyond cast, crew and audience our theater is truly supported by the community at large and I would like to extend a sincere thank you from all the cast and crew to a few special individuals and groups that have supported us in many ways:

To Ken Thomson for graciously allowing us the use of dressing space and bathrooms, which were invaluable come showtime.

To Suzanne Zylonis and the art students at Wakefield Country Day School for their masterful production of food props.

To Copper Fox Antiques and Fox Den Antiques for their generous loaning of furniture props.

To the Trinity Episcopal Church for rehearsal space.

To Bonnie Dixon for her excellent help with makeup.

To those businesses and individuals that support us through advertising in the program, thank you.

To RAAC, our parent organization, for its continuing and tireless support of arts in the community.

To the parents and spouses of cast members that put up with disturbed schedules, delivered the child, resisted braining said cast member with an iron pot when they walked around the living room for hours muttering lines under their breath.

To the Rappahannock News for its support of arts in the community.

And finally my personal thanks and love to all the cast and crew of “A Christmas Carol” for their wonderful rendering of the show and for giving me one of the very best times of my life.

Merry Christmas and a delightfully Happy New Year to one and all.

Howard Coon
Director, “A Christmas Carol”

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