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Capital Stage Saved My Life

Posted on April 10, 2020

The Ghost Light Chronicles, vol. 3

A Message from Audience Services Manager Sarah Thomson

Capital Stage saved my life 8 years ago.

I grew up in theatre. My parents owned a set design company. My childhood was spent backstage of places like B Street, Celebration Arts and Sacramento Theatre Company (unfortunately Capital Stage did not exist yet). It was always so cool to see the behind the scenes of a production coming together. There are so many people that go into putting on a production from designers, box office staff, actors, directors, stage managers and so many more.

Sarah with patrons, casts, crews, designers, and staff of Capital Stage.

That said, I decided to leave this wonderful world of theatre when I was in my late teens and went on to work other various jobs, but was never happy. Fast forward to 8 years ago: I was unemployed, floundering in my mid twenties and miserable. My mother found out through a long-time friend that Capital Stage was hiring for some one part time in the Box Office. I applied and got the job.

I had never been on this side of the theatre world before and I had a bit of a rocky start. But I fell in love with the shows Capital Stage was producing almost immediately. ENRON was my first show with the company. It was such a fantastic way to tell that story that it quickly became one of my favorite shows of all time. After that, I knew I had finally found a new home. I sobbed during 4000 MILES, cheered when we did our first musical THE BEHAVIOR OF BROADUS, and laughed hysterically during THE TOTALITARIANS.

The years passed and we continued to produce bold, thought provoking, bizarre, beautiful pieces of theatre, and I saw the impact that had on our community firsthand. One of my favorite parts of my job is getting to know all our patrons and see how what we do affects them. Capital Stage is the only theatre in town that does what we do. We are a vital lifeforce in our community. We make you question the hard things. Love the simple things. See beauty where you wouldn’t have seen it before. Reflect on yourself. Sometimes that’s hard but it is so important to our lives to feel those things. To question those things.

Even though we are in a weird place right now, please continue to support Capital Stage and what we do. We will need it after the current state of affairs, and for many years to come.

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