Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Congratulations, Chase Kniffen!

I absolutely did not feel like leaving my house tonight. My shoulder ached and I was still tired from going out last night--waaaahhhh, waaaahhh, waaaahhh. Yes. I'm a baby.

But I bought a ticket to the "Ragtime" benefit tonight for Stage 1, the new theatre company started by Chase Kniffen. Now, I have known Chase since he was 10 and played my weak, invalid son in ""The Secret Garden" at Swift Creek Mill Theatre. He was this impossibly healthy looking little boy with the requisite West End haircut. What a treasure he was, entertaining us endlessly in the green room with his antics. We have loved him ever since, and could not have been more proud of him tonight!

Because Chase is so well liked in the theatre community, he was able to summon a huge chorus and principal singers comprised of the cream of the crop of Richmond theatre. Not to mention a full orchestra. They had 3 rehearsals. Chase came out and gave a curtain speech like he'd been doing it for 20 years. Then the concert began, and it was moving and thrilling and amazing!

I was so proud of him, and I can't wait to see what's next for Stage 1.


Sandy Jeakins said...

I second that!

Amy Sullivan said...

I too~ am blown away by that Chase~
My husband has been given the task of building their 1st. set ~ designed by Mercedes~ then will be painted by me.
It is all very exciting!
~I am so proud to be part of this new theatre~ Stage 1~!!!
There is a real magical feeling in that space.

pnlkotula said...

Good heavens woman! I'm having withdrawal!