Hmmmmmm.... This week’s post got me thinking and thinking…. until my brother, Paul, saved the day on Tuesday when he told me he was just appointed the Artistic Director of Cresson Lake Playhouse. Here is a copy of the Facebook newsfeed with the announcement.
You may be asking how this event is connected to one of my life moments. Cresson Lake Playhouse has been an artistic touchstone in my family since its opening in 1974. It is a jewel located in the Allegheny Highlands of Pennsylvania about 70 miles east of Pittsburgh or 20 miles west of Altoona. You don’t just stumble upon it. It requires a commitment on the part of the artists and theater-goers to find their way to its forested location where they are rewarded with an intimate structure of about 200 seats in a totally unique setting. Here's another Facebook photo that captures its special charm.
The theater is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year with a program entitled: I Remember...40 years at Cresson Lake Playhouse. This prompted me to dig out my scrapbooks since I had the good fortune to appear in several CLP productions and also completed a college internship in public relations under the tutelage of Eleanor Lantzy, its founding force. I had roles in Mountain Myths, Seven Keys to Baldpate, Bye, Bye Birdie, South Pacific and The Fantasticks. Here I am as Mrs. Rhodes from Seven Keys to Baldpate and as Luisa from The Fantasticks.
I am so proud of Paul as he begins this exciting new chapter of his artistic life. He has achieved amazing success as a beloved, award-winning teacher in the Central Cambria School District and as an artist who together with his wife, Cathy, operates One Creative Couple specializing in upscaled vintage and new furniture and home decor items. His credentials and accolades are too many to mention. What should be highlighted is that he is a terrific brother, husband and father. Here he is below (right) with his family, who all have Cresson Lake connections too.
Now, let's read about some other life moments.