My Journey With Theatre

JChavisBy Judy Chavis, CFRT Board Member

It all started when I landed a small role in a junior high play.  During the production, I started going off-script doing ad libs.  I got laughs (which only encouraged my bad behavior!)  What a boost to my self-esteem!  The experience was thrilling. This is where I discovered my love of live theatre performances.

Years later, I was a new bride and a new resident of Raleigh, North Carolina. I auditioned for Raleigh Little Theatre musicals where I was cast as the “third-one-from-the-left” in group scenes. However, it was here where I discovered my true talents in leadership and established ways to be useful to the theatre community.  I became the President of a new group called Theatre in the Park and I had found my niche!

Later, I relocated to Fayetteville where I was introduced to wonderful theatre at what was then called Fayetteville Little Theatre.  As a community member, it was a privilege to see this little theatre grow and prosper to become what we now know as Cape Fear Regional Theatre.  During this time, I was a high school teacher.  Year after year, I introduced my students to theatre by bringing them to CFRT performances.  Many of my students had never seen a live theatre performance!  They would later tell me that these experiences sparked a life-long interest in the arts.  As a teacher, I was so grateful for CFRT’s youth education and outreach programs!

Most recently, I was asked to serve on CFRT’s Board of Directors.  What a privilege it has been to meet so many business owners and recently transplanted residents who have shared with me their appreciation for the arts.  In fact, some have even said that CFRT was one of the reasons they chose to settle in this area.  CFRT, KUDOS for making our community a better place to live, work, and raise the next generation of theatre lovers!

This January, more than 1500 11th graders from Cumberland County schools will attend this year’s Classical Theatre Series productionThe Wizfree of charge! This special opportunity to introduce youth to the arts and bring classroom curriculum to life is made possible thanks to our generous donors. For just $10 per student (or $100 for 10!), you can introduce youth to the magic of theatre! Please consider donating today.

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