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How Theatre Has Impacted My Life, by Kinsey Herbel

We love the arts and believe in its power to change lives. Kinsey, our Assistant Stage Manager for Roald Dahl’s Willy Wonka, couldn’t have expressed how we feel in a more beautiful way. She is pictured above with our Stage Manager, Tammy. We couldn’t have gotten through last week without either of them. Here are Kinsey’s words on what theatre means to her:


A world I never thought would be my own

A world with which I’ve fallen in love

A world in which I have found purpose and meaning

A world that has given me a community, a family whose love I don’t doubt

A world that has taught me to feel again

A world that invites you to share in the holy art of storytelling no matter what role you play

A world that loves me for me simply for being a part of it not because of what I do

Willy Wonka has taught me that laughing is a healthier choice when I feel like crying. It has taught me that mistakes will always happen, but sometimes the show is better for them. It has taught me that you are never too busy or too important to help someone else. It has taught me to think positive and to not give up when life gives you cabbage soup because God might have a golden ticket waiting in your future. It has taught me that being honest about your mistakes is typically best, even when you are ashamed of what you’ve done. Charlie didn’t win the factory because he was perfect. No, he won because he told the truth about what he did. Be like Charlie.

This week was yet another beautiful reminder of this world I love and why this art of storytelling is so important. Thank you to all who have been a part of my journey thus far. I can’t wait to see what the future holds.

“Act well your part, for there all the honor lies.” -Alexander Pope

I hope I have acted my part well.