More than a Show: A Family Memory for all Time


While you know us for great productions, the heart of our theatre is so much more.

For one family, our recent production of Sister Act was more than a show. After her brother’s illness and subsequent passing, Nancy Dodge found the restorative and re-energizing creative outlet she needed as an ensemble member in Sister Act.

“After every scene, I could hear my Dad laughing and cheering from the balcony. When the show ended, my mother had tears in her eyes.
It was the most joy I had seen my Dad have since my brother’s illness, and the most I had seen him laugh in years. I am so glad we were able to give him that gift.”

Little did Nancy know, this would be the last time her father saw her on stage. He passed away a few months later, but not before giving her a gift she will treasure forever – a special painting of the Civic Theatre marquee from her show, Sister Act.

Nancy Dodge with Painting

Nancy Dodge holds her father’s treasured gift

For her father, it was a treasured memory of a special time shared with his family – a time where the demands of the world took a step back, and joy took the spotlight.

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