Theatre: an education for life

Leanne and I met in a theatre arts class at the University of British Columbia in 1996. Now our kids are getting involved in the local community theatre scene.

I couldn’t be happier about that.

The Cast and Crew of Much Ado About Nothing --now playing!
The Cast and Crew of Much Ado About Nothing –now playing!

Whether or not they want to continue in the performing arts as a career, performing teaches all kinds of life skills that are becoming more and more important in the 21st century. Cooperating with a group of diverse people to achieve the best possible result. Time management. The difference between a public and private persona. Celebrating one’s achievements and the achievements of other team members while pushing oneself to make the next performance even better.

The show must go on.

Right now, the whole family is in a production produced by Maple Ridge’s award-winning community theatre troupe Emerald Pig Theatrical Society. Every year they put on a summer Shakespeare show and this year it is Much Ado About Nothing. We have performed two shows so far but this Saturday afternoon we were rained out. Hopefully, the skies will allow us to perform tonight.

Here is a fun article in a local paper about our family and Bard on the Bandstand.

All of the skills Leanne and I have attained through our passion for theatre prove very useful in our daily lives and in such things as the Maple Ridge Community-wide Home Energy Retrofit Project (which clearly needs a new name).

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James Rowley

James lives in Maple Ridge, BC, Canada with his amazing partner, Leanne Koehn, and their two amazing kids in their beautiful house. He studied Science and English Literature at the University of British Columbia where he met Leanne. He also studied acting for a while at Studio 58 in Vancouver. He works as a teacher of English and curriculum writer for new Canadians.

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