Thomsen Talk: November 2017
If TV has taught us nothing else, it’s that when your dysfunctional family finally sits down at the dinner table for Thanksgiving, you each say what you’re thankful for. (It kills me that I ended that sentence with a preposition.) Well, here we go. Here are just a few things I’m thankful for from the 2017 Season:
- The epic undertaking of incorporating ASL into every element of TARZAN, and Jeri and Natalie singing “You’ll Be in My Heart.”
- The singing, the orchestra, and the really cool design (especially the chair drops) of SWEENEY TODD.
- The belly laughs that audiences had watching THE DIXIE SWIM CLUB (and putting the cooler in front of Terri when she went into labor. Stage Manager Cathy Gooding hated that bit, and it got the biggest laugh of the night).
- The inventive, immersive staging of 20,000 LEAGUES UNDER THE SEA.
- One of the most loving casts with whom I’ve worked performing a show I love dearly – HELLO, DOLLY! (Cast Member Brittany Phillips remarked, “There was no drama!”)
- The chair halo, the gray-scale costume palette in the cemetery, and working on the timeless message in OUR TOWN.
- The grander of the set design of HARRIET THE SPY with revolving multilevel buildings, subway stairs, a manhole, and a mailbox that could house a spy in action.
- The score, the story, the cast, and production team that make up the valentine we call SHE LOVES ME. It truly feels like Christmas came early.
To all of you who support the work and mission of Quincy Community Theatre by attending or volunteering, thank you for your time and for your trust. You are a blessing to me.