Quite frankly, theater at THMS saved my life. I didn't fit in, school was boring, and I was depressed. Then I found drama with Mel Baker, Esther Rosen, and John Hemetter, and I survived because the arts made my life magical. Art was kind enough to give me a tour of the remodeled little theater a few years ago, and it was great to see that he had a vibrant program. The majority who went through when I did are no longer acting, but those who are are doing reasonably well, and we are all still as close as our complicated lives let us. I did continue in the arts, working in music for 18 years, but now I am finishing a doctorate in geography. And art in school made that possible.
FYI- Ben played Congress before the fair, and we had a great time. The fair show was in a tent, the PA sucked at the Rock, and even though I mixed monitors at that one too, the mains were half blown by showtime (Frank Black was really happy to see me there because he arrived 15 minutes before his set but knew he would sound great). Ben's last appearance in T-town was opening for Tori Amos at AVA, where he mentioned me and Congo as being his only good experiences, suggesting perhaps his decision not to return...
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