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The Shows have Paused!

March 18, 2020

On the Road with TCP Magazine, I took a trip downtown Raleigh to Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts. I stopped there, because I didn’t want to favor one theater company over the other. I remembered that old adage, “the show must go on!” It’s a phrase in show business that originated in the 19th century, when the circus had an animal or performer that was injured. The ringleader and band kept the show moving, so that patrons would not panic. They didn’t have an understudy to replace the injured performer as they do today. And now, the shows in the Triangle has come to a halt! I don’t need to give the statics on Covid-19 which is officially worldwide pandemic. As a writer, actor, dancer, educator, and as a minister, the shows have paused for the safety and well-being of our community. I want the pause to only be temporary!

The community theaters, too numerous to name, have come to a standstill! Many readers may be unaware of what’s at stake. I have attended more than 30 different events, and witness firsthand, the hours that many artists, producers, and directors have put into these productions. As a contributing writer of TCP Magazine for my column called The A.R.T.S. (Always Reaching for the Stars), I know the numerous hours that I personally pour into learning lines, blocking, or dance routines, it’s more than a 9-5 job. It’s a passion! They’re stage crews that build the set, move stage props, synchronize the lighting and timing of sound effects, public relations to promote the shows, artistic directors, playwrights, and board members that play an integral part of a production. Then we need you, the patron, to fill the seats. For some artists. this is their only source of income; their livelihood! They perform for you through public or community theater that may or not pay actors at all. In having compassion for many in the theater community to continue, your help is needed. I am hopeful that we will get through this crisis, but we don’t want our art community to go under. A pause means just a short stop for a while, then pick back up. Look at the production companies in your community, to give back. Any amount will help! If you’re not sure of whom to donate to, you can go to https://chathamlifeandstyle.com to see the numerous Performing Arts groups listed to help. The Managing Editor Dustin K. Britt, keeps an updated list. Your support will help all of us say “the show must on!”

All Theatre Companies need you to do this!

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