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March 20, 2017

The Bethany Stage:

This is an exciting week for us!  Jack and the Beanstalk is going on tour to elementary schools Monday through Thursday.  On Friday we are taking the whole program to The City Rescue Mission.  I love The City Rescue Mission and what they do for our community.  I have had the honor of getting to know Shellie Holt and several others from there and let me tell you...they are awesome! If you have never been to The City Rescue Mission, I highly encourage you to go and take a tour.  The success rate they have of getting women and children off the street and living successful lives is incredible.  On their behalf, I would like to make a special offer for buying a ticket at the door to our production of Jack and the Beanstalk taking place March 30-April 1st.  After touring their facility, it came to my attention that kitchen spices are a rare commodity at The City Rescue Mission and they are always in need of spices. If you come to Jack and the Beanstalk and you donate two or more spices to The City Rescue Mission, you can receive 50% off your ticket.  We really believe in what they do and we want to support them. 

My story:

So there I am...laying on the middle of the highway in the pitch black night and I can't move my legs.  I can't even use my arms to scoot off the highway. I know that at any second I am going to get hit by a car.  And then I heard my brother calling my name. That he is even alive is such a relief to me, but I was terrified.  I could hear him but I couldn't see where he was so I just called out for him as loud as I could, hoping he could find me.  He was finally able to see me because a large semi truck was headed straight for me.  Its headlights were beginning to light up my silhouette.  I'm still not sure to this day how he was able to accomplish it, but ran as fast as he could and scooped me up just as we felt the semi whoosh passed us.  After I assured him that there was no way I could stand, he gently laid me down.  It seemed like seconds later a man was asking if he help us.  He immediately saw that I was bleeding terribly from a compound fracture in my femur and asked if he could tie a tourniquet.  He saved my life. and then disappeared with none of us remembering what he looked like.  (Anyone seeing flashbacks of "Highway to Heaven" right now?)  It was at least twenty if not thirty minutes before an ambulance arrived and I would have bled to death.  I remember closing my eyes to concentrate so the pain wouldn't overwhelm me.  But this made my brother scream "Oh my God! She's dead!"  I remember grudgingly opening my eyes to assure him that I was in fact still breathing. 

My family:

Has anyone else noticed that it has been since January that I last posted?  I had the great honor of directing Disney's Beauty and the Beast at SNU but it did take all my blog time.  And all my other time too. HAHA!  I don't think I have ever eaten so poorly or slept so little in all my life.  This year was filled with so many exciting moments.  But I think my absolute favorite moment was directing both my daughters on stage in Beauty and the Beast.  My five year old played the role of Chip and my youngest played a villager.  I know they are mine and I am completely biased, but they were the cutest thing on the entire planet!  The last night of the performance, I might have cried when my two year old ran on stage with all the other children for bows.  I realized that it was the last time I would experience their very first musical. 

 Photography courtesy of John Huntington


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