Joining the Parade
The story of HELLO, DOLLY is magical. At first glance, the musical revolves around love. It’s bright, it’s beautiful, it’s everything you want in entertainment. There is joy, there is a sweet somberness, and there is adventure.
I believe that the true heart of the story is found right before the close of Act I as Dolly reflects on living her life without her late husband. She has lost the light in her life and we meet her in this story as she finally starts to feel that spark again.
Who can’t relate? It is so easy to become rundown by every day struggles and so often we find ourselves so far away from our dreams because we needed to distance ourselves from them in order to pay the rent, feed our families, or whatever else life throws at us.
You can work your way through the cast of HELLO, DOLLY and it is full of incredible people with inspiring lives. Many of them will say, “It’s been so long since I did anything like this,” or “I always wanted to be on stage but never thought I could.” Everyone involved in this show has followed their heart in order to be here. Dolly sings, “I can feel my heart coming alive again!” and I feel it. I feel it in everyone I talk to backstage, in my own heart, in the heart of the show.
To quote one of my favorite books, The Alchemist by Paulo Coehlo, “Making a decision was only the beginning of things. When someone makes a decision, he is really diving into a strong current that will carry him to places he had never dreamed of when he first made the decision.”
Everyone involved in this production made the decision that they could not let this parade pass them by; the friends, the community, the family that I’ve made at Quincy Community Theatre are more than I could have ever dreamed of when I first decided to volunteer.
I have been so inspired by this show and I am thankful that QCT is an environment that fosters creativity and belonging. I hope you leave the show with your old spirit showing.
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