Tonya Wilson-Brown, recently caught up with long-time friend and Stage West subscriber Julie Crawford.
How did you first hear about Stage West (when did you start attending)?
♥ Julie: I became acquainted with Stage West and met Jerry Russell in 1984 when I was working for the Girl Scouts. I took a van load of girls for a tour of the theatre on Vickery the first time, which was conducted by Jerry. The set of Equus was up. The girls didn’t see the show, but I came back to see it and loved it. I became a regular and a subscriber after that.
What is your favorite show you have seen at the theatre and why?
♥ The show that comes to my mind most often is Chicago (1985). I’ve seen a number of other productions and the movie adaptation, but nothing quite compares to the electrifying performance of “Cell Block Tango” on the Stage West stage. It is still a very vivid memory. Another favorite is Talking Pictures (2011). The cast ensemble was tight and had great chemistry. That show really really worked for me. If I can add a third memory, it is Gabriel. Dana’s performance was riveting!
Why do you support Stage West?
♥ I have always felt like I truly belong at Stage West. The Stage West staff has a strong respect and genuine connection with the audience. When I was on the board, the staff had its role and the board had its role, but together we relied upon and supported each other. It fueled the theatre’s success.
Is there any other program or offering at Stage West that you find appealing and why?
♥ It is important that theatres have programs for youth, so I must mention that. But, what I truly enjoy are the social gatherings, when there are opportunities to relax with other patrons and staff. I am also proud of Stage West for its courage and innovations – producing cutting edge theatre (as well as more traditional works) and finding ways to survive, not just in the pandemic, but through the years on its journey from and back to Vickery, and the will of board and staff to turn the facility into the beautiful, workable, flexible facility that it is today.
In three words, how would you describe Stage West to a friend?
♥ Welcoming, High-quality, Ensemble (on stage & off)
We are so grateful to Julie for her continued support of Stage West and innovative theatre in Fort Worth!
Thank You for the many memories!