Hello and welcome to the first post on Life is a Stage. The purpose of this blog is to journal my life within the realm of theater.
When I met my husband of 33 years, we were back stage during the rehearsal of Camelot at Abilene Christian University. Kim played one of King Arthur’s knights of the Roundtable. I joined the cast late in an additional chorus for the scene where Lancelot saves Queen Guenevere from death. We met in the “Greenroom” at the Abilene Civic Center.
Kim was a theater education major and our wedding date was scheduled around productions. When we graduated, Kim was hired by Robert E. Lee High School in our hometown to teach theater arts. Kim’s first big musical was Oklahoma! and I designed the costumes. The next year, his high school kids performed the musical Bye, Bye, Birdie and our first son, Jason, made his debut just weeks before production.
After five years, Kim decided to get out of teaching and try to earn more money in the business of sales. First, he worked in commercial sales of photo lab services, then communications devices, and finally commercial security systems. He stayed with the last job for 23 years until the company was bought out and Kim decided to try other companies. Four jobs later, and it was time to return to his first love, teaching theater.
Actually, through the years of sales jobs, Kim never quit working with our local community theater. In fact our whole family got into the act. Our first show as a family was the musical, Music Man. Kim played Professor Harold Hill, I was one of the towns-ladies that sang the “Pick-a-Little” song, Jason and Kyle were both towns-kids and played in the boys’ band. That would be the first of many productions our family would perform in together. Ryan joined the act with the rest of us in the musical, Oliver!
To this day all of us are still involved in theater. In fact our oldest son, Jason, and his family just performed a production of Music Man in a community theater in their area. Our middle son, Kyle, is a theater arts high school teacher, and our youngest son, Ryan, still performs with community theater and is hoping to be certified to teach theater in public schools. Kim was the drama teacher in 2 other schools before settling down as the ninth grade theater arts teacher for Deer Park High School, North Campus. He likes his work and I get involved whenever I can. Last year his ninth grade students performed the theater classic, Our Town. I helped costume the production and even went on the class field trip to Galveston at the end of the school year.
It is a lot of fun being married to a theater teacher. It’s a lot of work, but has its rewards. I enjoy performing in productions with Kim especially if it is a musical and we can sing together. Its had its ups and downs over the years, but if I had it to do again, I’d still marry the theater teacher.