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The Worlds of Genealogy and Theatre Collide

09 November 2011

My daughter, Kirsten, is currently in rehearsal for "The Secret Garden" musical at Light Opera Works in Evanston, Illinois.  Last night, I received a text from Kirsten telling me that Light Opera Works used a picture of our ancestors, August and Louise Fredrick, in the design presentation for The Secret Garden.  I was blown away.

August and Louise Fredrick are my great grandparents; Kirsten's great, great grandparents.  Can you imagine sitting in rehearsal (or anywhere) and seeing your ancestors used for inspiration?  Kirsten texted "What a random coincidence and a great example of how genealogy affects everything."  I agree. 
The design team for The Secret Garden must have found the picture online during their research as Kirsten was blown away as much as I was.  The picture was used for costume inspiration for the characters of Ben, the gardener and Martha, the chambermaid.

When I attend one of Kirsten's productions, just as the lights go down I reflect on how proud I am of Kirsten and how hard she works as she follows her dream.  This time, in addition, I will be remembering the inspiration for Ben and Martha and how genealogy and theatre collided for this one moment.


Barbara Poole said...

Brenda, What a thrill indeed, and everybody loves "The Secret Garden" story. Kirsten will do a great job, but I'm wondering how you will be! You'll have to share pictures.

On another note, I've 4 generations of Pooles from Evanston, incl. my father who was born there. So feel free to do some genealogy while you are there ;-))

Brenda Leyndyke said...

Barbara, I already asked Kirsten to get a picture of Ben and Martha in costume. You and I have too many coincidences with places, I am still waiting to find one relative in common:)

Michelle Goodrum said...

Thank you for sharing such a lovely story. I'm sure you're incredibly proud and thrilled about such a "coincidence "

I'm anxious to hear more of the story.

Brenda Leyndyke said...

Thanks, Michelle. I will be sure to post a follow up to this.

Greta Koehl said...

What thrilling news - and what a great combination. Let us know how it goes!

Anonymous said...

Greta, I agree and I will post a follow up.

Unknown said...

What a great story! Love it!

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