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Jemelene Wilson: The theater. The Stage. The Drama

My eldest daughter loves drama.

No, not people who make drama.

The craft. The art form. The theater.

Living in this community has afforded her many opportunities to enjoy her passion for the stage. The first time she took the stage at Jacoby was in 2006 where she was a villager in Beauty and the Beast. (Her love for that story is a whole other post in itself). Before that she was in some childrens productions as well as dance recitals and middle school musicals. My point is, I have had the chance to see multiple shows in this community over the past several years. I am always impressed at the hard work that goes into each act. From the actors to the directors to the stagehands. Everyone works hard to put on a great show.

Sure, this isn't Broadway and we aren't in L.A.. We are in “The Burg”. Our lovely town nestled in the beautiful Umpqua Valley. No one here makes a living at acting (not anyone I know) but that doesn't mean we don't have talent. We have plenty of talent.

Last Friday night my husband had a date night. Dinner at a local lounge and off to the theater to watch “Fiddler on the Roof”. It's part of the Oregon Musical Theater Festival that is in its sixth year. Of course we wouldn't miss our daughter as she perched on the roof playing the title role. She reminded us as we handed her a fragrant tipped bouquet of roses that we have never missed a production (with exception of dad being out of town for work one time). Of course as proud parents our eyes were fixed on her whenever she appeared on stage but in reality, the entire show was entertaining. The hard work of the cast showed in everything they did.

As I looked around the theater I became a little sad. Where was everyone? The seats were less than ¼ full. Opening night had been at about half and I haven't heard about Saturday or the Sunday matinee. To me that is a lot of people who are missing out. Has life gotten so busy, do we just forget or do we not know what we're missing?

Here is my encouragement to you. Fiddler on the Roof is great family entertainment. What a great way to expand the horizons for your children. There were several youngsters in the play who were having a great time. The music, the story and the dancing would be great for most children ages 6 and up. There are two other performances going on at the festival as well on the Umpqua Community College campus. (You can check it out here: )

I know life is busy. That really is my point. Take time to slow down and enjoy what our community has to offer. You might be surprised or like me, you might just get hooked!

Jemelene Wilson is married with two daughters and a son-in-law. Read her Tuesdays on Douglas County Moms. Also check out her personal blog here.

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The News-Review Updated Nov 18, 2013 07:35PM Published Aug 13, 2013 10:47AM Copyright 2013 The News-Review. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.