Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Update: Stories of Engagement

Winnie Killian
Administrative Assistant
When I think of someone staying involved with the theatre I think of me. I remember the day I drove past and my daughter said, "Turn in here, Mom. They need a receptionist.” So here I am, 14 years later. I went from part-time receptionist to full-time Subscriptions Manager and back to part-time receptionist. During that time, my family and friends have become active in life here at PLTC. We all look forward to plays, auctions, and Summerstage. The Panto has become a big part of our family holiday. We give tickets to friends as wedding and birthday gifts, and Owen passes out brochures at his office. A few from his office have become single ticket buyers and Family Series subscribers. I'm very happy I turned in here 14 years ago.

Each year I got a call from a man who just loved the Panto (and Andrea spoke to him again this year). His family holiday trip is to PLTC and they love to sit in the first row. One year I spoke to him while he was on the beach. He said his Christmas wouldn't be the same without the Panto!

Owen, my husband, works for a Dutch leasing company in Wayne called De Lage Landen Financial Services. He had been the Chief Risk Officer for the last 13 years before his semi-retirement last year and he still works there on a consulting basis. They often have people from the Netherlands staying here for a few years and also people transferring from around the US.

Emily, my granddaughter, loved Summerstage! She went last year and really looked forward to doing it again this year. She's in 2nd grade at St. Elizabeth School in Chester Springs. She had great stories each day on the drive home. She made instant friends with the other students and exchanged phone numbers for play dates. There were lots of hugs between the kids on the last day of class. She's quick to tell you that she knows the actors in the Panto and feels like a bit of an actor herself.

Ken Mumma
Board Member
My wife, Moira, and I attended plays on occasional basis.
I took an improvisation class for adults (and have regularly taken classes for 15 years since).
Moira and I became subscribers.
One of my instructors told me about People's Light’s work with kids, so I attended some elementary school performances.
I joined the Project Discovery Advisory Board.
Moira and I became annual donors.

I performed in the two Outside the Box seasons.
I founded New Century Bank.
I joined the board of People’s Light.
People's Light staff began using New Century Bank for their personal needs.
I co-chaired a charity auction for People’s Light, inviting our friends to participate
Moira's employer, Citizen Advocacy of Chester County, began using one dress rehearsal each year as an annual fundraiser.
New Century Bank provided a mortgage for People’s Light.
New Century Bank began purchasing subscriptions.
I participated in the Theatre’s Education Department Adult Ensemble production.
I co-chair the Theatre's current capital campaign.