Make America musical again


By Kitsey Burns Harrison - kburns@yadkinripple.com



“Mary Poppins” aka Melissa Lawrence, right, and “Katie Nanna” aka Kitsey Burns Harrison on a mock-campaign poster.


Some of the very talented young people from Foothills Theatre’s production of “Mary Poppins” at the cast pool party.


When I began writing this personal opinion column for The Yadkin Ripple, I chose the topic of food because it’s something I like a lot and it’s a non-controversial subject in most cases. Sure, here in the south, we may argue over our preference for Duke’s or Hellman’s mayonnaise, but usually the conversation doesn’t get too heated. Certainly conversations about food don’t get as out-of-hand as political discussions these days.

These last few weeks have been very busy for me and I haven’t been at home to cook, and therefore have struggled to think of something to write about. Don’t worry, I don’t plan to talk politics in lieu of sharing a recipe this week.

My husband and I have had such a busy few weeks because we were in a community theater production of “Mary Poppins” with Foothills Theatre in Elkin. Theater is something very important to both of us. It’s actually how we first met. (Awww!)

On Friday, Morgan and I celebrated seven years of being sweethearts. We’ll celebrate our one-year wedding anniversary next month!

When I was growing up I always wanted to be an actress, even when I was a little older and most kids my age had discovered more realistic career aspirations, I still really wanted to be an actress. I’m really proud of the fact that I did grow up to be an actress. No, I’m not on TV or the Broadway stage, but in my opinion, I’m part of something even more special.

Community theater is really a family. These folks who do community theater put in many long hours of not only learning lines, songs and dance routines, but also building the set and making costumes and props. And do you know how much these people get paid to do all this work? Absolutely nothing. And yet, they do it with smiles on their faces. It truly is a labor of love.

The pay-off, in part, is hearing the applause from the audience when that curtain goes up and knowing we brought a little joy to those watching the show. The other pay-off is the people you get to spend your time with. We’re all different and unique in our own ways, yet we share a common passion. We may not share the same political opinions or even have the same favorite Broadway musical or mayo preference. But, when we’re all on stage together none of that matters.

If life was a little more like a musical, where people magically begin to sing along to the same song, we might have a lot less strife in the world.

Kitsey Burns Harrison is a reporter for The Yadkin Ripple and The Tribune, here she shares her musings on food, life and love. She can be reached at 336-518-3049 or on Twitter or Instagram @RippleReporterK.

“Mary Poppins” aka Melissa Lawrence, right, and “Katie Nanna” aka Kitsey Burns Harrison on a mock-campaign poster.
http://yadkinripple.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/web1_poppins_1.jpg“Mary Poppins” aka Melissa Lawrence, right, and “Katie Nanna” aka Kitsey Burns Harrison on a mock-campaign poster.

Some of the very talented young people from Foothills Theatre’s production of “Mary Poppins” at the cast pool party.
http://yadkinripple.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/web1_poppins_2.jpgSome of the very talented young people from Foothills Theatre’s production of “Mary Poppins” at the cast pool party.

By Kitsey Burns Harrison

kburns@yadkinripple.com

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