Wednesday, June 20, 2007

Encore: Save the nexStage

Last weekend, we were given another excellent and compelling reason why this community absolutely must complete the fundraising drive to buy the nexStage Theatre. The reason is that last weekend, when the stage exploded with the St. Thomas Playhouse's exuberant production of the rock opera "Tommy," we saw the future—and we liked it very much!

The youthful cast and musicians brought the house down with their raw energy, their talent and their enthusiasm, 10-year-old Doug DuFur broke, stole, and enchanted every heart in the theater, and if young Kevin Wade, who played the adult Tommy, isn't a star on Broadway within the next 10 years I'll happily eat my hat.

So come on, everyone, let's make one last push to secure the future of this priceless jewel in the crown of Ketchum—our theatre, and the wonderful people who enrich our lives with such magical events as this production of "Tommy."

The nexStage, our fabulous library, our gorgeous book shops—they are the beating heart and living soul of our community. We must treasure and support them all—so that one day the young players we applauded last night will be clapping and cheering for their own children, and taking them to story time at the library, and buying them their first books at Chapter One and Iconoclast. Surely that's what "community" is really all about. Without these treasures, our lives would be sadly diminished.

It's up to us to keep them all flourishing!

Diana Fassino


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