09:44 am - My Latest Letter to Newspaper
I just returned from what was supposed to be the last performance of "The Adams Family" at Theater 29. Turns out they've extended the play another weekend due to popular demand. Their powerful director, Kathy Ferguson, had a strong cast to work with, and they put on an energetic and entertaining performance. And, man, can that cast sing!
What I really love and appreciate the most about live theater is the people. Theater people are special. They work hard at having fun. They often have large personalities and seem to have more energy than most people. Instead of going home after work and zoning out in front of their TVs or computers, they head off to their local theaters and work really hard at playing. Who else does that?
I think we need to support these people and show up for their performances. They put themselves on the line to entertain their audiences, having to be "on" all the time, because there are no re-takes in live theater. Unlike in movies, theater actors have to get it right the first time, every time. That's a lot of pressure, and it's inspiring to watch them rise to the occasion. It's worth seeing and appreciating.
Incredibly, we have four live theaters in our high desert; Groves Theater in Morongo Valley, the St. Joseph Players, in Yucca Valley, the High Desert Cultural Center in Joshua Tree, and Theater 29 in 29 Palms. Each theater is different, having its own flavor and feel. I encourage Morongo Basin residents to get out and patronize them all. (Or, if you want to get more involved, join their all-volunteer casts and crews). Get on their mailing lists so you don't miss any shows. Who says there's no culture in the desert? No complaints, please, about there being nothing to do around here.