Anne Frank at the Gilbert was great. I later forgot, but I saw the Director the same performance I went and alerted him I would be sending him a thank you card. The performances were visceral. I have read Anne Frank on several occasions long ago as an English major. As a result, I was hesitant to go see the play initially. I knew the subject and that Anne Frank’s life did not end well. However, I decided the idea of seeing what is offered in Fayetteville was worth my seeing how Anne Frank would be handled as a production. How would the Director handle Anne Frank so that her story could be felt, but people would not leave dishearten, sadden beyond being consoled? Believing as I do the test of the impact of something experienced is that it resonates long after the applause, long after the lights come up and you get in your car. As it was a matinee performance, the unexpectant thrill was that as I was leaving the Gilbert Theater so were several of those who performed in the play. I was almost giddy as I congratulated several of them for their performances. This production of Anne Frank was memorable. The ending, although sad was also appropriate, we got a chance to see the actual pictures, faces of those who had been portrayed. It eased the sadness of the actual outcome of Anne Frank, her family and those who also hid with them.
The final production of the Cape Fear Regional Theater, Caroline was attended. Honestly, among the productions, I did not really enjoy this final offering. I found it to be at times confusing. Many of the songs, as it was a musical, the words were muddled and although the voices were good, the listener could not make out the actual words being sung. While walking to my car, meeting other theater goers, a question of the ending came up. Therefore, it was not clear the conclusion outcome. I did enjoy the season though. Several of the plays this season, I even saw twice, Baskerville, Intimate Apparel before that one. So, all and all, I am excited and waiting anxiously for my tickets for the next season of Discovery, which is the theme of Cape Fear Regional Theater. I have become a satisfied, well, mostly satisfied theater goer of Fayetteville. Now, the Summer season begins. I have also been attending Sweet Tea Shakespeare productions. Prior to Summer, they were held indoors. Holy Trinity Episcopal Church. Armed with mosquito repellant bracelets and two other forms of liquid repellants, planning on venturing out to the Poe House to see what they will be offering for the Summer. My cultural quest in Fayetteville continues….
What do I miss most about other places I have formerly lived? The creative scene, the cultural selections and ability to escape into a darkened theater to enjoy for a couple hours being entertained. Miss getting dressed up and being enticed into make-believe. I have decided to embark this year on seeing what Fayetteville has to offer culturally. From becoming a seasoned member of the Cape Fear Regional Theater attending my first Sweet Tea Shakespeare production, attending Secret Garden at the Gilbert located up above Fascinate-U, I continue already to be fascinated and satisfied of this venture. This year is shaping up to be just right for someone who misses memories of being emersed in the craft of those who provide experiences to an audience. The elements of watching the stage come alive, light up with talented actors and actresses, scenery, the atmosphere of performing before an audience. Playbills provide souvenirs of each experience and performance. My being early retired and having a sufficient enough income, allowing me the ability to enjoy the cultural scene of Fayetteville quite nicely is a blessing. At times, dotted with excursions downtown to the Cameo Art House, culture in Fayetteville is alive and just right for those fortunate enough to be able to enjoy! The canons of Fayetteville’s repertoire and ability to attract from as far as California, as was the case in Director Khanisha Foster of Intimate Apparel recently enjoyed proving Fayetteville can stand toe to toe with other urban areas enticing people out to spend time at the theater. Can’t wait to see what the remaining season and next season has to offer a retired consummate cultural appreciator of those who provides their craft for appreciation and enjoyment. Next? Sherlock Holme’s Hounds of Baskerville being offered in a unique way by Cape Fear Regional Theater. Time to get out my satin red gloves, which I carry as my own props and see what mystery and enjoyment is afoot!
I believe striving for contentment most of the time is better than reaching for happiness all the time. I believe having just enough money is better than having to do anything to have a lot of money. I believe a dash or more at times of serendipity is wonderful. I believe the cost for being authentic is worth the sacrifices and suffering. I believe a loyal and loving animal is better than any human being. I believe the longer I live, storms survived, the more I value every lull which comes after wards. I believe what I value in beliefs become wonderfully retooled as I become older. I believe what I believe changes, amendments, alterations, betterments, corrections, redefinition still in progress, because still believe I am a work in progress.”