Tonya Wilson-Brown recently got the chance to catch up with a loyal Stage West Premium Season Ticket holder, Silvia Grossi.
Silvia has been a regular at the theatre and is a strong supporter of our new Design Apprenticeship Program.
How long have you been coming to Stage West?
My late wife and I attended in the late 1980s/early 1990’s when first at the Vickery Boulevard location. I returned this year to the Vickery venue having missed the intervening years at other locations. I have fond memories of lots of pot roast and pasta in the cafe and an intimate proscenium theater.
How did you become interested in theatre in general?
Growing up, we were exposed to an excellent theater and program, and I was trained as a technician in secondary school. I am very tall and was enlisted to hammer nails high on sets and flats. I constructed many a flat, and more elaborate props, and then I was in “black” during performances to change sets. That required nerve to move flats and property of great bulk or weight silently; but we did it! Of course, I missed out on actually experiencing the very fine performances of those schoolmates destined to become stars of stage and cinema later in life. Ever since, I just sit in a seat and marvel at the magic.
Why do you support SWT?
In my opinion, it is very important for a patron to trust their portfolio of artists and venues with good use of the funds gifted. The SWT company and Board have proven themselves to be good stewards of theatrical arts for these many decades. I am particularly interested in supporting technical theater arts and have done so significantly with the new Design Apprenticeship Program.
What’s your favorite show in recent memory at SWT?
Well the trite answer is whatever I attended most recently, which was Scrooge in Rouge. My guest and I enjoyed the performance greatly. However, I would like to share a remembrance of the distant past and especially a performance of On the Verge, which I think was a regional premier at SWT. My late wife and I often quoted with amusement many of the lines of dialogue and for decades following while we too were traveling though Terra Incognita.
You come to our new monthly event, First Tuesdays. What do you love about it?
The bar. Additionally, my affinity for theater goes beyond being a financial patron or season ticket holder, but also as a former participant. I enjoy any activity that takes me into the venue and to mingle with the company as a familiar and welcoming community. I have also attended the Season Soiree and two rehearsals which allowed me to happily relive my past. I am very glad of the benefit as a Premium Season Ticket holder.
What three words would you use to sell SWT to a friend?
Soothes your (weary) soul…
We thank Silvia for her support of the future technical theatre artists of tomorrow. If you know a theatre design student who would like to participate in our Design Apprenticeship Program, learn more here: https://stagewest.org/design-apprenticeship-program