Actor. Theatre Artist. Singer. Mother. Candace, from her involvement to Occupy the Stage to her performance in These Shining Lives to her participation in the Karaoke Musical, has jumped in feet first to the work we do at Women’s Theatre Festival. Onstage and off, her passion for our mission and fostering a positive theatre community in the Triangle inspires us every day. When you support us with a financial donation, you’re raising the voice of women like Candace.
Don’t just take our word for it— this is what Candace has to say about her involvement in WTF, in her own words.
Hello! I’m Candace, and I’m proud to talk to you about the Women’s Theatre Festival and how it has impacted me. I am invigorated by the work not only in These Shining Lives and Occupy the Stage, but most recently, getting to perform in the Karaoke Musical.
Performing in WTF’s Karaoke Musical was such a great opportunity for me as a performer and a mom. No prior rehearsals or cast meetups meant that I didn’t have to factor in the cost of childcare and caused minimal disruption to my kids’ nighttime routine. Since the musical numbers were sung karaoke style (hence the name), the entire script read teleprompter style and no memorization was needed.
It was a whirlwind! A golden gatsby dream dress, sparkling fuchsia firebird... Wigs, magic wands.. faux leather clad mad scientist, swinging chandelier and a human helicopter just to name a few!
The most amazing part was how few of my cast members I actually knew. I sat backstage next to women I've only seen at auditions. During, cue to cue I shook hands with my scene partners for the first time. Even though everything moved so quickly, we all came together and worked seamlessly. Performing in the theatre has a way of bringing people together. It's an unsaid bond. There was ZERO awkwardness. ZERO judgment! ZERO spotlight stealing. Just people mutually excited to tell a story... And that is my jam!
So, I took to the stage in my straight jacket, vibrant leggings, and pigtails and sang West Side Story as a paranoid delusional person. When given the space for freedom and creativity, it's amazing how we build each other up! You were all so amazing, ladies!
When you support Women’s Theatre Festival, you support moms. You make it so we don’t have to choose between our families and pursuing our work in the theatre.
Thank you Women's Theatre Festival for yet another unique and fun experience. I can’t wait to see what we can do next!
If you’re ready to support the work of artists like Candace, we hope you’ll consider a year-end contribution to WTF’s #RaiseHerVoice2018 campaign. By making a donation through PayPal, you will maximize the impact of your gift with PayPal’s Seize The Season program--PayPal will add 1% to all donations made until Dec. 31st! And, over the next few weeks, get ready to get to know more about Candace and what working with WTF has meant to her in 2018.
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