It's Fairy Godmother time! Our Fairy Godmother Program (FGM for short) began yesterday and since then we've had 342 children representing 3 schools here as our first audiences for Cinderella. I'm afraid I don't have any photos to share yet, but they are coming!
As always, it is a glorious joy to throw open those doors and welcome the kids into a world of magic and fairytales. There has been laughter and hugs, and a few happy tears (mostly on my part), and I'm proud to say that this season a whole new group of people are getting to share in this experience. Members of the ETC Entourage, our new volunteer organization, have begun ushering these shows and assisting with the distribution of our intermission snacks. Several of our Entourage friends have also made donations of snacks and funds to purchase snacks for these performances. To my joy, this adds a whole new level of giving to the FGM Program – the kids get the show and the surprise, but our volunteers are also receiving a great morning of childhood joy. To me, this is what the holidays are all about – a moment to stop and savor the "good will toward men."
Thus, this is my favorite time of the year.
Sweet tale of the day:
Today, as she was leaving the theatre, a small first grader from SCPA gave me a hug and asked, "Why would you ever want to move? This is a beautiful place!" I replied, "But we're not moving, sweetie!" "Oh! But the sign next door said you were." "We're going to fix that building and move our offices there, but the theatre isn't going to move." She smiled a big smile and said, "Good! I love it here!"