Listed in Music & Theater
- 516 South Trade Street, Tryon, NC 28782, USA
- (828) 859-2466
After a week of fits and starts, with people out sick, or family needing care, the threat of bad weather, and some lucky Director attending an inauguration, rehearsals are back on track – big time!
And who keeps us all on track you may ask?
Well, every evening when the cast trickles in, there sits Betty Brewer, the producer of “9 to 5”. We’d call her the Cast Nazi if she weren’t so nice. She personifies the idiom “you catch more flies with honey than vinegar”. There she sits, cast sheet in front of her, sharpened pencils handy, and everyone who shows up must sign in.
There’s something about Betty that brings out the best in all of us. For some reason, when in her presence, your inner angel appears. Whenever you get a phone call from her asking for help with a project, you find yourself saying “yes, of course. I’d love to. No problem. Thank you. Three bags full.” Honestly, you really do! And if for some reason you can’t help because of a conflict, there’s never any guilt trip, just an understanding, soothing voice on the other end of the line making you even more eager to help next time she calls.
Betty, of course, has been handling people in theater since the 1970s, long before many members of this cast were born (maybe even including the director). She understands the complexities of putting on a good show—backstage, front of stage, and the ton of details in between. Someone has to hold the reigns to guide us through the labyrinth of a production, and that someone is Betty.
Chris Tinkler, Director for this show, says it well: “As a creative mind that can at times wander off track – it’s wonderful to have her by my side to keep me on task!”
And she does it all so unobtrusively, with that wonderful smile that emanates from within. Thank goodness for Betty. She’s like a mother hen, but without all the clucking and wing flapping.
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