My Solo World Theatre Day Mission…

Today March 27 World Theatre Day celebrates it’s 50th anniversary with a succinct & pertinent speech by John Malkovich. Fifty years….. It’s amazing that fifty years later there are so many people who still aren’t aware of this celebration.

I took it on as a mission today to make sure that a whole bunch of people would become enlightened by a simple gesture. I made my sign. Put on my runners and a smile. Then hit the streets with no fanfare.

Me and my World Theatre Day message
Me and my World Theatre Day message

It worked! One person CAN make a difference.

I had conversations about theatre, plays, musicals, husbands who won’t go, time that doesn’t allow, people who loved theatre in Europe, good memories, the politics (especially recently) and I even made some play suggestions that were received positively. I We all laughed. I felt happy as I brought smiles to people….(isn’t that sort of live theatre?) Some cars honked and the drivers gave me the thumbs up.

Now, back at home I feel good that I stirred up a little bit in my quiet community. The dry cleaning man said, “Why isn’t there a parade?” Well… maybe next year, I’ll instigate a parade!

You in?

Here are some people I met who didn’t know about WTD (except one…guess who?)

The local librarian at the West Vancouver Library
The local librarian at the West Vancouver Library
Ginnie & Doris who love theatre! (gave good life tips too!)
Ginnie & Doris who love theatre! (gave good life tips too!)
At our local cafe "Cafe Trafiq"
At our local cafe "Cafe Trafiq"
Our favourite local Iranian store
Our favourite local Iranian store
Our Friday night sushi place
Our Friday night sushi place
This guy wants a World Theatre Day parade!
This guy wants a World Theatre Day parade!
Love small hardware stores!
Love the small hardware stores!
These gals were such fun. It's the middle one's birthday, too!
These gals were such fun. It's the middle one's birthday, too!
Happy West Van busdriver!
Happy West Van busdriver!
Family supporting the arts.
Family supporting the arts
World Theatre on the beach!
World Theatre on the beach!

I dedicate this World Theatre Day to those who continue to make theatre despite the trials & tribulations, and this world of high technology. Vive Le Theatre… Nous allons continuer!

(did you guess the one person who knew about World Theatre Day?)

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“Keep Moving….”

That’s the motto of COO Dai Manuel of Fitness Town. Wait a minute, don’t run away! I know this is an artsy sort of blog and we’ll get to that!

But, first….

I belong to a Thursday morning breakfast group called “Think Referrals” started by Rainer Schmoll who created this group with a focus on giving back to the community – now several chapters and, also, an official non-profit society: “Think Generously“. I met Rainer, Dai and a few others at another fun networking group in Langley (Marketing Dangerously Social Media Challenge) put on by the very cool dudes  Neil Godin, CEO of “Marketing Dangerously” and Jonathan Christian, CEO of “We Make Stuff Happen“. Pro-connecter, “Financial Runner” Gary Jones was there that evening as well, and  encouraged me to join “Think Referrals”.(thank you!)

Thinkreferrals Yaletown chapter
Thinkreferrals Yaletown chapter

That’s the background.

I did join. Several months and much laughter later… Continue reading ““Keep Moving….””