In the movie Forrest Gump, Forrest states that his momma once told him “Life is like a box of chocolates, you never know what you’re going to get!” As the pandemic unfolds, the opera house has encountered some good and not-so-good experiences, just like picking a chocolate. Will it be nutty, fruity, creamy, dark or milk chocolate? Forrest found himself in some unique situations with unexpected challenges – a lot like covid. That box of chocolates is a gift to be savored!
My life was rewritten by a F5 tornado that demolished everything I knew and owned, totally. At ten years old, I had no house, no school, no church, no clothes & no toys! The rug was pulled out from under my feet, and I learned to fly! I had family & my own creativity! It was a magical summer of exploring and learning.
Covid, the storms blew in like a tornado, swirled for months like a hurricane, destroying what we knew & did at the Corning Opera House;
Moana Jr, our youth musical was a huge success in many ways. As I watched the show take shape during rehearsals, I was awestruck! When an eighth grader has the patience to help a second grader find their spot; when one spills water, another cleans it up; when friendships are formed with people from other communities; when an actor asks for suggestions from the director after a rehearsal to better themselves; when confidence blossoms in a child; when respect is given for each other; when actors faces light up with joy for a job well done, and the list of positive experiences makes being a part of the arts very rewarding and worthwhile. Hidden gems!
Executive Director since 2012; Bachelors in Music Education; Master's in Education; 2023 Iowan of the Day by Blue Ribbon Foundation; 2023 Iowa Governor's Volunteer of the Year; enjoys smiles and people!