Holidays Away From Home

While there’s glamour and excitement in the theater life, there are challenges for our actors and creative team when they’re working so hard to make the holidays magical for our audiences that they have less time to enjoy the season with their own loved ones.

Some of the cast of Beautiful Star: An Appalachian Nativity and A Christmas Carol shared some of their thoughts on the holiday season with us, and we thought we’d share them with you.

 

erin-burniston-headshotErin Burniston (Ethel Green | Beautiful Star)

“While in Greensboro and away from home during the holidays, to keep them special I try to keep up as many of my favorite traditions as possible.  My parents and I have quite a few movies that we like to watch during the holidays – instead of waiting until I return home to watch all of them, we pick days throughout December to watch the movies at the same time on our respective couches, and text throughout to share our favorite moments of them together.”

emmaclaire-johnson-headshotEmma-Claire Frances Johnson (Myrtle Ledbetter | Beautiful Star)

“The holidays are special to me because I get time off of school to be with my family and do what I want to do.  My family has a tradition of having fondue on Christmas Eve so I look forward to that time with my family and grandparents.  I love getting and giving presents and going to church with my family on Christmas Day.  When I’m not at TS I keep the holidays special by helping my family decorate the house, cooking/baking with my mom, watching TV with my brother and spending time with my family when they come into town for the shows!”

greg-brostromGreg Brostrom (Tidence Ledbetter | Beautiful Star)

“All the trappings of the holidays are symbols for the intangible parts of it: being together with those you love among others. So I always try to treat myself to one of the symbols in a small way to remind myself of that and connect to those I care about who may be far away. For example this Thanksgiving here in Greensboro I’m not going to cook an entire turkey just for me, but you better believe I’m going to have a little. No turkey matches my mom’s, but it’s the symbol of it that I care about when I’m away from home.”

david-sitlerDavid Sitler (Scrooge | A Christmas Carol)

“Not a Scrooge answer but being with family…be it my natural one or the one we have grown into while mounting and performing and ultimately giving the gift of ourselves and talents to the people who come to see us. I love watching the Macy’s day parade especially all the talented Broadway casts that perform before the parade kicks off…while the aromas of the turkey in the oven waft thru out the house.  For a couple of years I was in the parade as part of the Marvel Universe as Robo Cop and other super heroes…but that is another story.  When I am on the road for the holiday I like to help in a soup kitchen or food pantry and find a local church to become a part of their community and service.  “

*This year David found time to help serve lunch on Thanksgiving at the Samaritan Ministries in Winston-Salem. Way to help out, David!

camille-02Camille Varenne (Linda Green  Beautiful Star)

“At the holidays I like to:

  1. Eat lots of food, especially my Dad’s mashed potatoes!  #favorite  : )
  2. I try to give my love.
  3. I try to make sure nobody is sad.”

 

 

paul-gunterPaul Gunter (Beggar/Edward Cratchit/Boy on the Street | A Christmas Carol)

“Whenever I do have time I want to take advantage of it. It’s the small things at Christmas that can mean the most. Like family, my family always makes me happy on the holidays.”

 

 

 

Holiday Cheer: Spotlight on Nonprofits

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The holidays are one of our favorites times of the year here at Triad Stage. We’ve got our holidays shows Beautiful Star: An Appalachian Nativity and A Christmas Carol starting up the day after Thanksgiving and running through Christmas Eve in Winston-Salem and Greensboro, and our downtown locations in both cities put us right at the heart of the Triad’s seasonal festivities and merriment.

We also know that the holidays are times of giving back and spreading thanks. We went through some tough times last year, and are so grateful for the support of our fans and the Triad community. So in honor of the season, we’re taking an opportunity to spread our arms a little wider and call our thanks a little louder with our new program Spotlight on Nonprofits.

At each holiday performance of Beautiful Star in Greensboro and A Christmas Carol in Winston-Salem, we’ll be highlighting a different nonprofit working right here in our community to make life better for the people who call this place home. We’re right in the thick of sign-ups, but here’s who has already agreed to participate:

Able Earth, Arts for Life, The Beautiful Exchange, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Creative Aging Network, Emerging Ecology, Family Support Network, First North Carolina, Greensboro Housing Coalition, HandsOn, IRC, Komen NWNC, Second Harvest Food Bank, SECU Family House, Reading Connections, Wheels 4 Hope, Women’s Resource Center of Greensboro

Each participating nonprofit will have a table in the lobby to display information before and after the show, and as a special thank you we’re all giving each organization four tickets to the performance they’re spotlighted at.

If you work at or know of a nonprofit in Guilford or Forsyth County that would be interested in participating, please contact Tiffany Albright, Marketing Manager, at tiffany@triadstage.org.