Friday, November 11, 2011

Yet Another Letter to Jim

Well, Jim...there have been a few things going on that would have made you happy, had you the balls to stick around for them.

For a start, Brandon Harris has been in a Broadway show.  May still be in it, for all I know.  You would have loved that.  He graduated from North Carolina School for the Performing Arts, did a summer in LA, and headed to New York, where he seems to be managing quite well.

Sean Arnold is singing at the Met.  He has been in Europe this past summer, singing with various operas.  At least, that's the impression I get from his Facebook posts.  Is that awesome, or what!

Amanda Harris has a thriving theater tech career going on. 

Michael Fariss is at Webster, which I know you would have been excited about, as it was Jason Boyd's alma mater.

Rob Morris (not "Robbie," any more) is at NCSPA.  He came home in 2010 and directed "The Last Days of Judas Iscariot" at Sam Bass.  You would have eaten that up with a spoon!

All these successes are a tribute to your teaching.  You started these people on their path.  You did for them what you did for me at Sam Bass--gave them confidence in their own talents and made them see that theater is worth the work it takes to make it good.  I'm sure there are many more...these are just the kids who allow me to keep up with them on facebook.

As for me...well, I'm still with Ramona at A Cut Above Costumes, and that will probably be my last job.  However, I've been asked to be costumer for a new Austin theater company (in my spare time), and actually managed to screw my courage to the sticking place and audition for The Baron's Men.  Oh...I'm directing "The Best Christmas Pageant Ever" at Sam Bass (again), and using your teaching there, too.

Life goes on, my love, and your influence, with it.


  1. Oh, my dear and darling ronnie. You have gone forward with courage and grace. Be proud of yourself! I am proud as a witness to your struggles regarding the loss of Jim and the reorganization of your life. I only wish that I could have been more help to you during that sprangled crisis time. You have shown your courage and power with your son's life, your life and shining your light on others. You have held your head up high so that your triumphs are quite evident. In the same circumstance, I only wish that I would have your composure, strength, fortitude and the rejuvenation of your life that was your manifestation. Go forth my darling. You RULE! xxoomoire/sateen

  2. I also send you energy and love dear heart. You are a heroine in any role that you face. I so love you and admire what you have accomplished and Jim be dammed. He would be proud of you if he had stuck around and faced the consequences of his choices. You are my maven of survival and glory! I could not even walk in your shadow under the same circumstances. So carry on dear girl. Showtime! As you always said, "Heads up and boobs out!" xxooonemore time. unohoo

  3. Oh, LOL! I did say that, didn't I? Thanks, are awesome!