January 24, 2014 § Leave a comment
My husband Tom and I have been season subscribers at Metropolis since the theater opened in 2000. At that time, we had a 3-year-old and were looking for opportunities for pre-scheduled “date nights.” Metropolis provided a great option for us to enjoy quality live theater in an intimate setting, while also supporting the local community. As we live only 8 blocks from the theater, an added bonus was our ability to walk to and from the theater and the surrounding downtown restaurants when the weather was nice.
As she grew, our daughter Kristina performed in several Curtains Up! productions over the years, including her favorite role of Tinkerbell in the 2010 production of Peter Pan. As a parent, there is nothing more fun than seeing your child perform on stage with the many friends she made each summer!
Over the years, we have enjoyed many a show and concert at Metropolis, and when it converted to not-for-profit status, we were happy to sign on as financial supporters as well. Over time, we steadily increased our support and I became actively involved in planning various fundraising events for Metropolis, including my personal favorite, the annual Sunday Soiree. In December of 2011, I was privileged to join the Board of Directors for the organization.
My family loves living in Arlington Heights and we especially love its strong sense of community. We are very committed to supporting local business and supporting Metropolis furthers that commitment. Metropolis adds terrific value to the Arlington Heights community and I am happy to play a small role in its success. If you have not had an opportunity to visit the theater for your very own “date night,” I encourage you to do so soon!
January 17, 2014 § Leave a comment
Genuine respect for the global community is the root of peace, and this is exponentially becoming more and more a reality. The performing arts have always played a paramount role in the appreciation of others – their strengths, their cultures, their humor, their fears and their needs. We are fortunate to have Metropolis at our fingertips. I embrace the Metropolis as a center of learning, engagement and of peace.
January 10, 2014 § Leave a comment
I support Metropolis because I believe that participation in the arts is an important component of our quality of life, not only our personal life but also the life of our community. We are fortunate to live in a community that has a place like Metropolis Performing Arts Centre and my hope is that it will continue to be part of our community for a long, long time.
January 7, 2014 § Leave a comment
In preparation for their role in a play, actors put lots of careful thought and time into developing their character. But what if you were asked to develop not one, but 10 different characters for one play? Quite the challenge!
Thankfully for us, veteran Metropolis actor Andrew Pond and Metropolis newcomer Matthias Austin were up for the challenge for their roles in our upcoming production of Greater Tuna. They play 10 and 11 characters, respectively, for this spoof on small town life in Tuna, Texas. The photos below show them becoming just a few of their characters, using rehearsal costumes and props to help set the scene.
It’s amazing to watch these men put on different dialects, along with wigs, high heels, robes and more, to create so many unique characters. In one scene, Matthias enters as a young child, leaves, returns as a surly teen, leaves, and returns once more as a reporter.
Here’s the complete who’s who of Greater Tuna:
Andrew Pond plays: Thurston, Elmer, Bertha, Yippy, Leonard, Pearl, RR, Rev, Sheriff and Hank.
Matthias Austin plays: Arles, Didi, Harold, Petey, Jody, Stanley, Charlene, Chad, Phinas, Vera and Coach.
January 3, 2014 § Leave a comment
I support Metropolis because it enriches our community by providing professional entertainment and exceptional performing arts education opportunities. Additionally, by attracting patrons to its performances, it provides essential support to our downtown business community.
December 27, 2013 § Leave a comment
Why Metropolis? I am proud to be a part of an organization that enriches the lives of so many in our community. Whether it’s the buzz I hear in our lobby from audience members or the excitement of students in the elevator on their way to lessons at the School of the Performing Arts, I am energized in knowing that Metropolis has touched every one of them.
Our theatre is one of most amazing places in the northwest suburbs. Long before I joined the Metropolis Board of Directors, I was taken with the intimacy of the space and the amazing productions. The quality of our shows rivals what’s playing at any downtown Chicago theatre. As a board member, I’ve made a point of reaching out to our audience members, especially those who are visiting us for the first time, to see what they like (or don’t like) about what we do. And the most common feedback I get is that our shows provide a wonderful, professional evening of entertainment without the hassle of driving and parking downtown.
The School of the Performing Arts has fostered the growth of so many talented children and adults. To think that someone walking through our doors today could be touching piano keys for the first time, and that first touch could lead to a spectacular career in the arts, is overwhelming. I’m so proud to know that Metropolis enriches our students’ lives with the skills that will be carried forward, whether it’s to the Broadway stage or the corporate boardroom. (Having chosen the latter path, I can tell you the ability to think on your feet comes in handy.)
The team at Metropolis is the most dedicated, energetic, and enthusiastic group of individuals I’ve ever met. I can say without exaggeration that I have seen these people perform near-miracles in their everyday work. Without them, there would be no Metropolis. Their energy is infectious, and every time I walk through our space and speak with the staff, I walk out with a renewed sense of pride in what we do.
Finally, it’s the community that makes me glad to be a part of Metropolis. Since joining the board, I’ve had hundreds of conversations with our patrons and community members and have learned what they love about us and where they think we can improve. The support we get from the citizens and businesses in Arlington Heights and our neighboring villages reinforces the fact that Metropolis is an important part of our community and our lives. And we intend on being here for a very long time.
December 23, 2013 § Leave a comment
Hello!!! I wanted to take a quick moment to take you back stage with us for one last time. Today is Saturday, December 21st and I am backstage and just about to go into act 2!
This show has been wonderful, and so have the cast and crew. I am honored to know and work with all of them. And I am especially impressed with their professionalism. Yesterday, we had 8 hours between shows and all were able to let our hair down in downtown Arlington Heights. There we ate at Dunton House, caught a movie and when all was said and done, were able to come right back to the theatre and put on a show for a wonderful audience. It was great to see the dichotomy between the professional and personal worlds, along with how close we have become over the run.
And so this is the part where I let you in on a little actor secret: no matter how professional a cast and crew are, there is one universal fact when it comes to acting… the energy our audience brings is the key to an energetic performance. Whether it be applause after our dance numbers or the excitement of our student audiences when the lights go down; it’s YOU who are the secret key to our success.
So as we wind down the show and share it with you for one last weekend, I am brought to an appreciation of what the audience has given me and the rest of the cast… your support. Scrooge says it best at the end of the show, “Your presence is gift enough” (though I’d add that any donation to Tickets for Hope, Metropolis, etc. are much appreciated). But even more, your presence is a gift that keeps on giving. So with that said, thank you for your time and generosity. Thank you for your support and presence. And most of all, thank you for including us in what has become a very special holiday tradition for us all.
Best Wishes and Warm Regards,