Fall 2013 Read FriendScript online at kennedy-center.org/support/volunteers/fscript.pdf
Geri Lewis Has Been an Inspiration to All,
Especially Her Grandson Daniel Getz
Speaks to Outreach theme of Spreading Love of the Arts and
Volunteering to All Generations
By Kailey Field and Brooks Boeke
riend Geri Lewis will celebrate 45 years lades, he was first exposed to the arts thanks
F of volunteer service at the Kennedy
Center this December. When she began
to his grandmother. Of course a lot of this can
be credited to her service and dedication to the
volunteering in 1968 at age 35, Geri had no Kennedy Center.
idea that she would have a grandson who Now 25 years old, Daniel is a violist at one
would become a professional musician. She of the world’s premier orchestras, the Boston
recently reminisced about how her grand- Symphony Orchestra. “It was through my
son Daniel Getz performed at both her 30th grandmother’s volunteer work that I first
and 40th pin recognitions at the Volunteer became acquainted with the broad range
Gala: “In l998, my grandson played his violin of performing arts to which the Kennedy
at my 30-year ceremony. My first thought was Center offers a wonderful home,” he said.
how grateful I would be if he could play at my Daniel thanks his grandmother for inspiring
40th,” said Lewis. Her hope became a reality him to become a musician. “Since before I
in 2008. can remember, she brought me to concerts
Daniel has come a long way since 1998, and introduced me to great artists, and I am
when he was only 10 years old. A winner of eternally grateful for these inspirations.”
the 2006 National Philharmonic High School Daniel is the newest member of the BSO Geri Lewis receiving
Concerto Competition and recipient of the and as a result he is unable to join Geri her 40 year pin in 2008 from
New England Conservatory’s Presidential at this year’s Volunteer Gala. No doubt Marie Mattson,
Distinction Award, among many other acco- grandmother understands! Vice President of Development
Daniel’s Light Bulb Moment Happens with the National Symphony Orchestra
“I don’t remember a time where I didn’t know I wanted to
be a musician. I figured I’d study music in college. I wasn’t
sure what I’d do with it until I met my first viola teacher in
10th grade. Mahoko Egucho was violist with the National
Symphony Orchestra in Washington D.C.
After a couple of months of studying with her, I was
accepted into a fellowship with the NSO which subsidized my
lessons and I got to see what it’s be like to be an orchestral
musician. It was really then that I realized that it was probably
what I wanted to do.”
The official newsletter of the Friends of the Kennedy Center
LETTER FRom ThE EdIToR
In ThIs Issue We’ve Come a
Long Way, Baby!
A Short History of FriendScript
n the last Letter from the Editor, we
I outlined some interesting tidbits from
FriendScript (though it wasn’t always
known as such) from its earliest days
through 1990. Picking up soon thereafter,
1st annual Coming Soon the masthead changed to resemble what
Tour Guide Kennedy Center
Friends Volunteer without the we recognize today, and articles focused
Reviews! Volunteers on Friends who are still with us—like Bill
meeting Page 16
Page 4 Page 12 Wortley and Marilyn Schoon. The layout
was starting to look a bit more sophisti-
cated, but some regular columns—such as
Meet the 2013 Honors Chairs ...............................4
Features the one for the Garden Club volunteers are
Access Training - Great Success .............................4 bygones of another age.
NexGenFriend Speaks Out ...................................5 A major facelift occurred in the
January 1995 issue as the production
Next Step NexGenFriends .....................................5
of the newsletter continued to evolve.
2nd Annual Photo Contest ....................................6 The FriendScript headline was adopted
Out with the Old In with the New.........................6 as the new look and a calendar of events
Friends Outreach to GW University.......................7 for the upcoming month(s) before the
next issue appeared. During this era, in
“Status Update” .....................................................7
the days before electronic versions of
Jennifer Crier Johnston ..........................................8 the newsletter, the centerfold—called the
Staff Spotlight: Clinton Bowman ...........................8 Friends Bulletin Board—included snippets
Hello Friends! Goodbye Summer ...........................9 of important information for all Friends.
Writer extraordinaire Adrienne Cannon
Kailey Field Says Goodbye .....................................9
has joined the editorial board and in
View from the VAC..............................................10 December 1998 contributed an article on
Great News from the Shops .................................10 the first guides to provide afternoon tours.
Admin Volunteers “Behind the Scene” ................11 The March 2001 issue began the reign
of Michael Kaiser, with a warm welcome
WNO’s Holiday Family Opera ............................11
from Brooks as the title article. Howard
Tour Guides Performance Reviews .....................12 Erdrich ushered in his tenure as Tour Rep
Bi-Annual Lounge Meeting..................................13 to the VAC in his usual, understated man-
Friends Support Membership ...............................13 ner (NOT!).
The next major leap forward occurred
Tours for Young People, Where we are! ...............14
in December 2006, when the Friends
adopted the slogan Volunteers Working in
ThE oFFICIaL nEwSLETTER oF the Wings, the name being the winner of
ThE FRIEndS oF ThE KEnnEdy CEnTER VoLunTEER PRoGRam the slogan contest that same year, submit-
ted by Education Friend Karen Wise, and
Editor-In-Chief Content Consultant Friends Staff Phone
a new logo designed by Scott Bushnell.
Tricia Callahan Jeremy Birch numbers
Brooks Boeke, Manager The shops began to sell Curtain Up on
Editorial Board Layout/Graphics
(202) 416-8303 the Friends, a history of our program
Denise Bealin Scott Bushnell developed with the invaluable assistance
Kali Oliver, Assistant
Tricia Callahan Brooks Boeke of Friends Historian Michele Calhoun
Adrienne Cannon Kali Oliver
(202) 416-8304 and editor extraordinaire Marilyn Schoon
Staff Liaisons and perhaps the most important ‘how-to’
Brooks Boeke 2700 F Street, NW guide for creating, growing, and managing
Myles King Washington, D.C. 20566
Lynn Trundle an arts volunteer program available.
(continued next page)
We’ve Come a Long Way, Baby! (continued from previous page)
The most recent format update, in Brooks and then-Assistant Manager Center and the Friends program overall), I
March 2007, occurred at my initiation, Allison Sledz [now Miller] for putting it realized…
I am proud to say. Now that we had a together, not realizing the awesome edito- While the ‘look’ of FriendScript wasn’t
slogan and a logo, I played around on rial board already in existence), I became always sophisticated, the writing was—
an old Mac at home to incorporate both editor of FriendScript in 2008, joining and still is! If the newsletter is a reflection
into the masthead. The ideas I developed a small group of illustrious names that of us as a volunteer force through the
were passed along to Brooks, and voila!, a includes Bill Turner, Adrienne Cannon, years, we certainly have a history worthy
new look was born. Marilyn Schoon was and Jennifer LaPada. of pride.
named the first Friends Archivist in a move It has been such an honor to edit Thank you for all you do every time
that—as much as Curtain Up—showed FriendScript and oversee improvements you come to the Center to make it a bet-
that the Friends program had come of age. in editorial relevance, and streamlined ter place!
Having written my first article about look. At the end of this “walk down
the 2005 Volunteer Gala (in my inno- memory lane” (both my own history at the
cence I thought someone should thank
FriendScript Logos over the years
The logo from the mid 1990s until late
2006 came about in January 1995, when
a major facelift for FriendScript accured.
The next major leap forward occurred in
December 2006, when the Friends adopted
the slogan Volunteers Working in the
Wings, the name being the winner of the
slogan contest that same year, submitted
by Education Friend Karen wise, and a
new logo designed by Scott Bushnell.
Important update Regarding hard Copies of FriendScript
Beginning with the winter issue in 2014, we will no longer be mailing hard copies of
FriendScript. however, copies will still be available in the Friends office, the Volunteer
Lounge, the ushers desk, and the Visitors Center.
all Friends will receive FriendScript in the PdF version which you can print at home or
read on your computer…and in color too!
Meet the 2013 Honors Chairs
Cynthia Duquette, Linda Muul, Nancy Reid and Beth Shearer
By Kali oliver
he 36th Annual Kennedy Center as liaisons with the Honors Production Despite the long volunteer hours and
T Honors will honor five of the most
talented stars of the performing arts. The
staff coordinator. “We have a tremen-
dous Honors’ Leadership team who have
detailed oriented hard work, co-chair in
Training Cynthia Duquette is excited to be
2013 Friends Honors Volunteer Corps has already started working so that everything part of the leadership this year. “This is a
its own superstar line-up, with the leader- will run like silk,” Nancy Reid notes. great team of dedicated workers. We have
ship team on the front lines and ready to “Our focus is to empower individuals to spent two weekends thus far (not count-
take charge! do their best in each of the activities that ing all the spreadsheet homework) trying
This year’s leadership is comprised we will undertake in a few weeks.” very hard to match assignments, as much
of two co-chairs Nancy Reid and Beth The chairs and valet supervisors are as possible, to first and second preferences
Shearer and two co-chairs in Training, looking forward to working with their listed on volunteer applications. Once
Cynthia Duquette and Linda Muul. Friday fellow Friends in many different jobs: production begins, we look forward to
morning Tour Guides DeWayne Morgan answering phones, hospitality duties, staff- working again with our experienced vol-
and Tina Tate have stepped up to take the ing Will Call, and driving and valet duties. unteers and welcoming our new Honors
wheel as Valet Supervisors during Honors. Volunteers also support the dressing room volunteers. And of course, we can’t wait
They have an important role: sched- and production table areas, and act as to see it all come successfully together on
ule and coordinate volunteers and act stand-ins at technical rehearsals. the 8th of December.”
Cynthia duquette nancy Reid Linda muul Beth Shearer
Friends Gather for the First Annual Friends
Volunteer Accessibility Training
By Kali oliver
espite the shutdown, close to 100 disability etiquette and customer services
d Friends gathered for the 1st Annual
Friends Volunteers Accessibility Training,
tips, ‘who’s who’ of the Accessibility
Department, and a detailed breakdown of
held on October 9 and October 16! Jessica Friends positions and how they assist the
Swanson, Manager of Accessibility did department and patrons. Accessibility staff
an excellent job providing an overview members Sarah Schoenfelder, Coordinator
of how the Friends help our patrons with of Cultural Access Initiatives and Joy
disabilities as well as great tips in ways Gardiner, Coordinator of Accessibility
to assist. were also on hand to demonstrate dif-
The training sessions offered the Friends ferent patron scenarios showing correct
important procedures to implement dur- procedures. Many thanks to everyone that
ing their shifts when interacting with participated!
patrons with disabilities. Topics included
all Friends trainings, refresher sessions, and reviews are under the supervision of the
Friends Training and Review management Team and Volunteer advisory Committee. It is because of
their efforts, and our wonderful colleagues in the accessibility department, that these sessions will
now be an annual tradition for the Friends.
Beyond the Wings
By Lena Gamble, Gift Shops
Speaking out about the Friends as a NexGenFriend
very other days ago but not remembering any with
E week or so
I have a conver-
“The volunteer corps is called
‘Friends of the Kennedy Center’
the word “Friends!” in it. I rescue her
from her potential embarrassment of not
sation that goes which I think is an appropriate knowing the name of the show by stating,
something like name because the people “The volunteer corps is called ‘Friends of
this: “Do you I volunteer with have certainly the Kennedy Center’ which I think is an
want to hang become my friends.” appropriate name because the people I
out on Sunday?” volunteer with have certainly become my
queries one thought to buy tickets to one of the friends.
fun-loving asso- many fantastic shows that must be taking “Even more, importantly,” I continue,
ciate of mine. place this weekend. “I’m going to see my “volunteering offers me an opportunity to
“I won’t be able to on Sunday after- Friends!,” I respond, and barely contain support the arts, meet interesting people,
noon,” I respond, “I’ll be at the Kennedy my chuckle as she wrinkles her forehead and serve alongside others who are as
Center.” “Oh that sounds nice. What do while trying to remember the names of passionate and inspired by the great talent
you plan to see?,” asks the friend, try- the plays, operas, and Millennium Stage and great beauty offered at the Kennedy
ing to hide her jealousy that she hadn’t performances she’d skimmed over a few Center.”
Next Step NexGenFriends! Ideas flowed at Brainstorming Session
attended the inau- Everyone felt that a top priority would be making videos for
I gural meeting
NexGenFriends on July
for the NexGenFriend website, to be launched early next year. Also
discussed was planning events to which we could invite our
11 to meet others in my outside-the-Kennedy-Center friends to become NexGenFriends!
age group who share my These and other ideas were offered with the knowledge that
passion for the arts and a NexGenFriends was already active and making its presence felt
willingness to serve. at the Kennedy Center. Ryan Gallagher has given tours at MyTix
During her opening events. Lauren O’Sullivan is invited to MyTix marketing meet-
remarks, Brooks Boeke ings with Kennedy Center staff. One of the suggestions from
Friends 35 and under told us that one of our these meetings is that we should have a table that allows for
who attended the July 11 main goals was to make interaction with potential Friends in our age group.
brainstorming session about our presence known and There was an intoxicating mix of enthusiasm and optimism—
visions for the NexGenFriends share our visions and it almost seemed like we were expressing the type of blind
also became the group’s goals with other Friends ambition and confident goal setting that one might expect from a
as well as arts organiza- group of young people….wait, this was a group of young people!
tions that need to serve Thank you to those who have done the heavy lifting to launch
this age bracket. NexGenFriends! I hope our leaders have strong reins to guide
Excitement grew as we began to discuss what we would like to the energy of this group toward the bright future that we know
see happen. I remember hearing someone say “let’s be realistic” is possible as we take our place and continue serving alongside
as ideas flowed, but why? NexGenFriends have the technical our Friends!
expertise and energy to make every agreed-upon goal a reality!
nexGenFriends Founding members
Paul Bernstein, alexis deBerry, Ryan Gallagher, Lena Gamble, Katie Garland, Brittany Jecko,
andrew Jones, Paul michael, Flavius mihaies, Lauren o’Sullivan, Shannon o’Sullivan,
Joli Provost, and audrey Sosa.
Beyond the Wings
Second Annual Photo Contest in the Works!
By Bob Bahr, Outreach VAC Representative
riends, we ALWAYS need fresh, new, and updated photo-
F graphs of Friends in action—for the Playbill, FriendScript,
the Friends website, and the tour booking website, as well as
*all photos need to be current;
*Submission need to include name & area;
other Kennedy Center–related sites and publications. That’s why *Submit as a .jpeg attachment;
the Friends Outreach Committee recently decided to make the
*Please no cell phone/iPad photos!;
photo contest an annual activity for the Friends.
When we have wanted to advertise the Friends and all of the *Please, no embedded photos in emails;
diverse activities that you do at the Kennedy Center, we have run *Please, no compressed files;
into a roadblock. Believe it or not, we never have enough photos
*high quality please, at least 300dpi!
of Friends in action. For example, we recently needed photos of
the Multimedia Broadcasters but really had no good photos that Deadline is Friday, November 29.
would express their contribution to the Kennedy Center.
As a result, we want to encourage people to photograph to Winners will be recognized at the Volunteer
their hearts content. You could think of your photographic Gala on December 17 as well as for any
session as a photo safari where you would compose and shoot photographs used in future Kennedy Center
throughout the building, inside and out. publications.
Stay tuned for special promotional activities to encourage you
to participate! Good luck with your photo shoots.
Out With the Old, In With the New
By Marilyn J. Schoon
ooking with Friends, the popular cookbook, had a long and the Friends that is found in the Playbill program. With a bit of
C successful run in the Kennedy Center Gift Shops; but, as has
been reported in earlier issues of FriendScript, the time had come
further editing, the box lid text was done.
The note cards were another story. Each box will have 20
for it to be phased out of the Shops. cards with five each of four different images. That meant that all
The good news, also featured in the summer FriendScript, is of the areas in which the Friends work had to be distilled into
that a new product featuring the Friends of the Kennedy Center only four paragraphs. The biggest hurdle was the word limit for
will soon be available in the Shops: boxed note cards, a very each these paragraphs: 40 words, max! How does one talk about
popular item with tourists. Why note cards and not a recyclable all the wonderful things the Friends do at the Center in only 40
bag or some other product? To find the answer to that and other words? It was not easy; but after many hours of brainstorming,
questions, I turned to Stephanie Fridge, the buyer for the Shops. writing, revising, cutting, and editing, the four different state-
Stephanie recommended against a recyclable bag, based on ments about the Friends were completed with only a little bit of
their poor sales performance in the past. She added, “I was plan- fudging on the word count.
ning on doing a note card series for the Shops already, and there The pictures on the cards are four different exterior shots
was space on the box for text. Normally, this would have been of the building taken by photographer Ron Blunt. According
a blurb about the Kennedy Center’s history, but we were able to to Stephanie, the retail price will be less than $20. There is
use that space to talk about the Friends program instead.” not a confirmed date yet, but the cards should be available in
Once the idea of featuring the Friends on the note cards the Shops sometime this fall. So for those of you looking for a
became reality, the next step was to decide on what to write tasteful yet inexpensive holiday gift, look no further than the
to showcase the program. The box lid was fairly easy. A lot of Kennedy Center Gift Shops for a box of note cards featuring
work had already been done to come up with the page about you, a Friend of the Kennedy Center.
want to be among the first to find out what is said about the Friends on these cards? The
Friends outreach Committee is planning a special event to launch the appearance of the new note
cards in the Shops. Be prepared for news on the event, coming soon!
Beyond the Wings
Friends Outreach Reaches Out at George
Washington University Wellness
Outreach Members Promote Festival/Event Program and Tours
By Vim Iglesia
Friends Intern Vim Iglesia, outreach members Colette arnston and
Boris Brailovskyat the Gw wellness Fair. Because of their efforts, we
now have 25 new Festival/Event volunteers.
n Friday, October 4 Friends Outreach only is volunteering very important for
o Committee members Collete Arnston,
Boris Brailovsky, and Flavius Mihaies
an individual’s overall wellness and con-
nection to the community, the fair is also
connected with visitors at the George a worthwhile activity to connect with our
Washington University Medical Faculty neighbors to promote volunteer support
Associates (MFA) Annual Wellness Fair. and tours at the national performing arts
Attendees learned about the Kennedy center.
Center’s free tours and Festival/Event
Volunteer Program. upcoming outreach events
Because of their efforts, we now have 25 this fall include a gathering of
new Festival/Event volunteers. nexGenFriends and a special
The GWU Wellness Fair has become an activity in conjunction with the new
annual event for Friends Outreach. Not cards in the Gift Shops!
Social Networking News and Friends
By Vim Iglesia
he Friends Office is tinkering with tweets, planning posts, facts/promotion of the Friends program. Follow the Kennedy
T and making a master calendar for future social media out-
reach efforts. This media plan will produce monthly content to
Center on Twitter with the username @KenCen.
Our new hashtag “FriendFact” will highlight interesting facts
be shared on the Friends and Kennedy Center Facebook page spanning the 48 year history of volunteer service at the Kennedy
and the Kennedy Center Twitter account expanding the Friends’ Center as well as recruitment for NexGen Friends.
online presence. Checkout our “status updates.” There is plenty Any pending or current social media activity will be logged in
to look forward to this year! our master Tour Promotion calendar. This will allow us to keep
For tour promotion, the Center’s Facebook page will now fea- you all up-to-date with our activity.
ture a tour guide twice annually. Our first feature last spring was
Howard Erdrich; Theresa Chaklos is ‘in the spotlight’ this fall.
a peek at some upcoming Tweets!
Also twice a year, additional tour promotion can be seen under View the art and gifts of over 40 countries
“News and Noteworthy” on the Center’ Web Page without the airfare. Enjoy a free @KenCen
Although we’ve been sending tweets through the Kennedy Tour with the #Friends
Center twitter account since 2011, we are excited to debut some
what do the @KenCen and michaelangelo
brand new tweets. Ideally, two tweets will be sent monthly, have in common? Find out on a free tour with
pulled from three main tweet topics: general tour promotion, the #FriendsoftheKennedyCenter.
promotion of the Tours for Young People program, and fun
Introduced in the summer issue of Friendscript, “Social networking news and Friends: “Status
update” is now a regular feature in FriendScript on the Friends Social Networking Program.
Jennifer Crier Johnston
Coordinator, Special Programming
By Sami atalla
ndoubtedly, many of us over time have and program directors to select content for Spring Gala, a concert version of My Fair
u stopped to admire the display cases
that are situated throughout the Center, par-
a given display case highlighting important
aspects of certain performances or shows.
Jennifer started her theatrical career in
ticularly those at the entrances of the Opera Most of the time, costumes arrive in boxes England in 1943, singing “You Are My
House, Eisenhower Theater, and Family to Jennifer’s office. She then unpacks them, Sunshine” for a WWII fundraiser, and
Theater. Whether the display features cos- figures out the best way to display them, has been involved in all phases of theater,
tumes, photographs, or other works of art, selects, and if necessary, orders suitable from directing to stage management to
it is always of special interest and fascination mannequins, and dresses them, all within a props and set dressing. Since coming to the
as it relates to the characters or work being limited timeframe to coincide with a specific United States in 1957, she has worked in
performed in that theater. performance or show. Hollywood in many films, including My
Some of the more memorable displays Jennifer’s association with the Kennedy Fair Lady, The Unsinkable Molly Brown,
include the costumes from the Kennedy Center began in 1977 when she worked as a and The Americanization of Emily, to name
Center production of Follies, designed by super (supernumerary) in the opera Werther, a few. She has also worked in television and
Tony Award® winner Gregg Barnes, the directed by the late George London. She in soap operas including “Dr. Kildair,” “Ben
mini-office of Texas Governor Ann Richards later created the position of Supernumerary Casey MD,” and “The Guiding Light.”
for Ann, and for several productions of The Coordinator starting in 1999 with the opera Next time you see a lady busy working on
Nutcracker snow, snow laden trees, and Le Cid. She began her costumes display a display case, stop and say’ hello’. Jennifer
Russian Matryoska dolls along with the work for the 2008 Spring Gala, The Art would love to tell you all about it!
fairy tale costumes. of Film Music, which included costumes
Meet Jennifer Johnston, Coordinator of from Lawrence of Arabia, Doctor Zhivago,
Special Programming. Jennifer is responsible and A Passage to India, among others. She Jennifer will be our guest speak-
for supervising the display cases for the also coordinated displays of costumes for er at the Fourth annual Shift
Leader Retreat on Saturday,
Kennedy Center performances and includ- the Arabesque, India, and Nordic festivals.
october 26 at 10 am.
ing international festivals and other special Most recently, Jennifer coordinated cos-
events. She works closely with producers tumes, props, and set dressing for the 2013
Staff Highlight: Clinton Bowman
By Vim Iglesia
linton Bowman is a Coordinator in and the Volkswagen Group of America. VSA and International Photography Hall
C Kennedy Center’s Department of
VSA and Accessibility. He works directly
Bowman’s award-winning work was
displayed in the VSA “Accelerate” exhibi-
of Fame & Museum, Bowman returned to
the Kennedy Center as the Assistant to the
with Betty Siegel, Director of VSA and tion at the Smithsonian from September Director of VSA and Accessibility.
Accessibility, in fulfilling VSA’s mission 2009 to January 2010. At the age of 23, As a coordinator, Bowman responsible
“to provide arts and education oppor- Bowman was diagnosed with a disability for overseeing departmental conferences,
tunities for people with disabilities and and his affinity toward the arts led him meetings, and projects. He works on social
increase access to the arts for all.” Since to seek an internship with the Kennedy outreach and communication, while over-
2009, Bowman has developed a close rela- Center and VSA. seeing volunteers and interns and assigning
tionship with the VSA and the Kennedy “I found solace in art as a means of daily projects and administrative tasks. In
Center as an artist, intern and now full- expressing my feelings,” said Bowman. “I his spare time, Bowman still makes time to
time employee. wanted to help others do the same thing.” practice his art as photographer and instal-
Bowman is an Oklahoma native who Bowman began his role at the Kennedy lation artist.
graduated cum laude from Oklahoma Center in 2010 as a spring intern. He
City University (OCU) in 2008 with a assisted with the preparation of VSA’s
Bachelor of Fine Arts in Photography. 2010 International Education Conference,
Prior to his involvement with the VSA, which was a portion of the 2010
he worked closely with OCU to pro- International Festival. At the completion
vide after-school art opportunities for of his internship, he was hired on to work
at-risk youth in the greater Oklahoma City with VSA in coordinating portions of
area. In 2009, he received an Award of the 2010 VSA International Festival and Clinton Bowman,
Department of VSA and
Excellence for his photography from VSA Education Conference. After working with Accessibility Coordinator
Hello Friends! Goodbye Summer!
By Vim Iglesia, 2013 Fall Intern
reetings, Friends of the Kennedy Although I did not pursue perform- ship working with first-year students as a
G Center! My name is Vim Iglesia and
it is a pleasure to be your intern this fall.
ing arts in higher education, a lot of my
campus involvements have allowed me to
peer advisor. Also, as a student DJ I’ve put
countless hours towards increasing our
The impact of volunteer work is incredible stay connected with the arts community audience via social media, word of mouth,
and I’m proud to be the Friends of the at my university. As a DJ for my student and inviting student talent on air.
Kennedy Center intern. This opportunity radio station I’ve invited bands, musi- It’s inspiring work that volunteers do
is once in a lifetime, and it is a pleasrue to cians, poets, and even our university’s and the Friends have certainly inspired me
share this experience with all of you. improv troupe on air to share their work. in the short time I have been your intern.
I am a senior Communications major As a member of student government, I’ve Thank you.
at California Lutheran University and I made an effort to create music events to
specialize in Public Relations, Community showcase student talent. I’ve always been
Relations, and Social Media. This intern- involved in performing arts, from musicals
ship is allowing me to blend my diverse to playing in bands and going to as many
PR & communications skillsets with a new concerts as humanly possible. This is my I love the performing
experience in volunteer management and chance to combine my love for performing arts: from musicals to
community outreach. arts with arts support. playing in bands and
I am a San Diego, California native and This is my first time working in volun- attending as many con-
I’m thrilled to see how the east coast lives. teer management, but I’ve participated certs as possible! Now I
I studied abroad in Panama for a semester in and seen the power of volunteerism. I can combine my love for
in 2011 and I have visited my family in have served as a tour guide at my univer- performances with arts
West Virginia and the Philippines, but at sity working with hundreds of prospective support.
the end of the day California is really all students and their families. I provided
I know. social, academic, and emotional mentor-
Thanks for the Memories! Goodbye Friends!
By Kailey Field, 2013 Summer Intern
it is filled with unique, remarkable people. Kennedy Center creates for the arts every
I sincerely appreciate meeting the count- single day. Extraordinary.
less individuals who have made an impact I am now in chilly Wisconsin for
keeping the arts alive in the commu- my last semester at the University of
nity and beyond. A special thank you goes Wisconsin–Stevens Point to earn a BA
out to Friends Manager Brooks Boeke in Arts Management and two minors
and Assistant Manager Kali Oliver. They in Dance and Communications. I grew
have taught me the ropes throughout this immensely over the summer and look
internship and gave me the opportunity forward to applying what I have learned
to grow. towards my emerging career. Learning the
My fondest memory from this intern- best practices from an international leader
Proud first time aunt with niece Natalie! ship stems from meeting the invaluable in the arts, the Kennedy Center, carries
volunteers. Every volunteer I spoke with forth my motivation to obtain excellence
hank you for a phenomenal summer
T interning in the Friends office. The
Kennedy Center is a remarkable place and
had a spark in their eye and a genuine
story as to why they volunteer. The volun-
in artistic cultural celebration with other
communities in the future. Thank you for
teers exemplify the passion and energy the the memories. I am sincerely grateful.
It was such great experience interning with the Friends Office development of prospective students, auditions, and day-to-day
over the summer of 2013. I will always fondly think of the operations. I am also the campus radio station (WWSP-Stevens
Friends as the vivacious, passionate volunteers of the Kennedy Point) News Director this semester leading teams for public
Center as well as working with incredible mentors, Brooks and affairs shows, news stories aired weekdays, and feature news
Kali. stories similar to NPR. I love working with other students and
I’m finishing up my senior year at University Wisconsin- watching them as they grow in the process.
Stevens Point, and I am tying up all of the loose ends before As my graduation approaches, I will continue to look for
I graduate. I am training a new person to be the UW-Stevens employment opportunities on the horizon and carry with me
Point Dance Program Office Assistant the memory of excellence embodied at
which oversees the dance program’s updates from Kailey! the Kennedy Center.
View from the VAC
By audrey Sosa, 2013 VaC Chair
ver the summer, I had the opportunity to attend a training session of our Friends. We know this because of the training sessions and
o as part of an exercise offered by Retail Operation Management
to improve our ability to provide outstanding customer service, and I
the monthly refreshers, trainings which are supervised by the Friends
Training and Review Management Team, we can always improve
feel this was an extremely valuable process. This exercise reinforced our working atmosphere so that customer service thrives.
the idea of giving good customer service to our patrons. As Friends, we always want to show our visitors that we have first
This is a top priority for all Friends. We should offer each patron class volunteers that are dedicated to the Center.
an experience that goes above his or her expectations. Every year, we Remember that patrons are our top priority and it is important
receive visitors from all over the world, and for some of them, this to greet them with a positive attitude. During your next shift,
will be the only time they will ever visit the Kennedy Center. We practice greeting every visitor with a smile. Before words are
want our visitors to leave the Center remembering the outstanding exchanged, say hello with your eyes. A nonverbal “body lan-
performance, sale, tour, and service they experienced. At the Kennedy guage welcome” will ensure dialog. First impressions are critical:
Center, we recognize the skills, judgment, talent, and daily dedication they set the tone for the rest of the experience!
Great News from the Shops!
By audrey Sosa, Retail operations VaC Representative
e would like to thank our Gift Shop Friends for being Lobmeyr as Austria’s gift to the Kennedy Center. We will feature
w part of the training sessions offered over the summer by
Retail Operation Management to expand our ability to provide
tote bags, cosmetic bags, and umbrellas in matte metallic silver
print on black nylon.
outstanding customer service to all patrons. It was a great oppor- For Christmas, the Shops will feature special merchandise.
tunity to learn customer service techniques, product knowledge, The John F. Kennedy Presidential Library & Museum have
procedures, sale techniques, and innovative strategies for han- joined forces with the Center to produce the Jacqueline Kennedy
dling difficult customers. Paintings Holiday Note Card Collection. These wonderful note
We are also thrilled to announce that the Shops inventory cards will include two paintings by her. Hallmark Cards, Inc.
is completed, thanks to our Friends. Prep work is the most originally printed the cards in 1963 to raise funds for the benefit
important part of inventory, because the more we can eliminate of the National Cultural Center. There will also be a collection
potential errors and have everything as organized as possible, the of 10 cards with a drawing of the Center in the snow by local
less time our inventory firm RGIS needs to be at the Kennedy artist Bill Harrah. And finally, inspired by the Honors ribbon,
Center, and the less it will cost us for their services. This is one we will carry an exclusive ornament as the tribute to the joys of
of the many behind-the-scenes ways that the Friends help. the Kennedy Center and the magic of the holiday season.
Regarding new merchandise for this fall, there will be items I know it is too early to think about winter but be prepared
based on the renowned Opera House chandelier made by because our winter holiday merchandise is here!
Ron Blunt, Creator of New Photographs
New Cards Will Feature Ron’s Photographs By adrienne G. Cannon
oming soon to the Gift Shops are new Born and educated in England, he has
C note cards featuring information about
the Friends and featuring pictures taken
worked in and around Washington, DC,
for more than 20 years. His images have
by master architectural photographer Ron been featured in top publications like
Blunt. (See article page 6) The images are Architectural Digest, housed in private col-
part of a larger commission to capture this lections, and sought after by clients around
cultural icon. Ron is a master architectural the world. To highlight his extensive col-
photographer who celebrates his 25th year lection of photographs, a new retrospective
this year as a photographer of note in his exhibit of his work, “PANORAMA,” was
field of architectural, interior design, and landscape imagery. at the Mandarin Oriental hotel in Washington, D.C earlier this
The four exterior views of the Kennedy Center to appear on month. He also gave a lecture in Mandarin Oriental’s gallery:
the note cards were shot using tilt-shift lenses designed especially “Architecture as Meditation,” on Tuesday, October 22, as part
for architectural photography that reduce distortion and corrects of DC Architecture Week.
perspective. When asked for details of his technique, Ron says, An avid Kennedy Center patron, he and his wife Keleigh like
“Like a landscape painter, I am extremely patient with light. to attend jazz, opera, theater, and dance performances. “You
I wait for ‘idyllic’ light, combined with striking composition, name it, I’ve seen it,” says Ron. “This magnificent building,
to create and capture evocative images.” His portfolio for the home to so many artistic productions, is a wonder to photo-
Kennedy Center shoot includes interior and exterior views of the graph. I am pleased that my work will help to preserve memories
building, as well as views of the various theaters and crowds of of the building for many patrons.”
patrons attending events.
“Behind the Scene” in the Friends Office
By Vivian Lock, administration VaC Representative
ontinuing our series of profiling the different units that filling these small but crucial customer service needs that make
C make up the Administration department, this month we
would like to thank the invaluable contributions of the volun-
the Center the world-class destination it is!
teers in the Friends Office. These wonder workers are involved Brooks and Kali would like to thank
with many different projects and provide unflagging support to our wonderful admin Friends!
Brooks and Kali in many capacities.
Not many people know that if someone calls for a brochure, Jo Bregida, ann Cacace, mary Cacciatore,
it is mailed by an Admin Friend. Flyers for the Millennium
Pat Chan, Gina haynes, Elena Franzoi,
Stage performances get sent to hotels, restaurants, and libraries.
Other items requested include the season schedule of perfor- Kay Garvey, maria Khatchadourian,
mances, Kennedy Center News, JFK quotes, restaurants near the maryellen madden, Pat Powers, Kathi Reynolds,
Kennedy Center, and the list goes on and on.
A surprising number of people call the Friends Office want- Jackie Rosen, Sally Sherman,
ing to purchase tickets. Though the Friends Office is a place for Jeanne Sobel, Shireen Thomas,
excellent customer service, any ticket inquires must go to the Box
Office staff.hank you to all who serve in the Friends office for
and Kathy Truex
WNO’s New Holiday Family Opera:
The Lion, the Unicorn, and Me By Linda deRamus, wno VaC Representative
ashington National Opera is The composer is Jeanine Tesori. She has written award-win-
w excited to offer the first of its
planned holiday family programs this
ning scores for Broadway and other theater productions, and has
composed music for many films, including Shrek the Third and
December. We have commissioned a Mulan II. Broadway musical director and conductor Kimberly
new children’s opera based on Jeanette Grigsby will conduct her first performances for WNO.
Winterson’s charming story of the The director of the production is Francesca Zambello, who
Nativity, The Lion, the Unicorn, and began her first full season as our Artistic Director. In addition
Me. The tale of Mary and Joseph’s trip to her management duties, she is also directing GiuseppeVerdi’s
to Bethlehem and the miracle that occurs there is told from the opera The Force of Destiny.
standpoint of the donkey, chosen among all the animals to take The performers are current members of WNO’s Domingo-
the couple on their journey. When interviewed by the angel, the Cafritz Young Artist Program, as well as other rising stars. The
lowly donkey bests his more impressive competition, the lion cast will also include a chorus of local children. A call for volun-
and the unicorn, by stating his only credential: “... if He is to teer child-minders is also currently in the works.
bear the burdens of the world, He had better be carried by me.” There will be seven performances of The Lion, the Unicorn,
Winterson is an award-winning contemporary British author, and Me, December 14, 15, and 20–22. The opera is recom-
known for her novels and short stories. The libretto is being mended for children age 6 and up. Imaginative costumes and
adapted from her book by American poet, professor, and critic evocative music promise to make the production a treat. We
J.D. McClatchy, who has also written other texts for musical hope to see you there.
settings. His previous opera libretti include adaptations of
Thornton Wilder’s Our Town, and George Orwell’s 1984.
Changing of the Guards among Friends Shift Leaders
The Visitors Center has several new Friends that were recently longer make the commute to volunteer at the VIC, which she did
promoted to the shift leader team. Will Molzahn is now the shift for several years. She also wrote for FriendScript.
leader for Thursday afternoon and his wife Wendy is co-chairing Ellen McCauley also stepped down as Shift Leader for the
the morning shift with Emily Cato. Kevin Baker recently became Web Researchers. Ellen helped start this program in 2006 and
Huda Ayas co-chair on Tuesday nights. Both Emily and Huda are it is because of her excellent leadership in this role that the Web
very grateful to have Kevin and Wendy assist them with ensuring Researcher team is still strong today. Her co-chair Sami Atalla will
their shifts are adequately staffed and trained! now be working with Dennis Butler, who has taken Ellen’s place.
Will took Kathi Smith’s place on Thursday afternoons. Sadly, Ellen was an excellent mentor for them and just another excellent
Kathi has made her permanent home in Williamsburg and can no example of the extraordinary leadership found among the Friends.
Shift Leaders: a heartfelt thank you to all 90 of you!
It’s Tour Guide Performance Review Time
Beginning January 2014
By mary ann Troanovitch, Tour Guide VaC Representative
n an effort to ensure that all tour guides continue to provide To this end, tour guide reviewers will be scoring each guide
I top-notch tours, performance reviews will begin in January
2014. The last reviews were conducted in 2009 so its time! Tour
following the form used in the past. The categories to which they
will be paying close attention are:
guide reviewers will meet on November 20 to discuss the review
process. Tour Guide Review Commitee: Stay tuned for further Tour Script and Facility Knowledge
details! This includes knowledge of the foyer and halls; gifts; theaters
All Friends performance reviews (regardless of the volunteer and lounges; current show schedule (or ones in the near future);
area) are supervised by the Training and Management Review promoting Membership; and the ability to answer questions.
Like all volunteers, tour guides play an important role in the delivery
overall success of the Kennedy Center. They have the respon-
sibility to provide information in a professional, courteous, Guides need to show creative use of the tour script; address the
and friendly manner. Highlights of the official job description entire group; show enthusiasm and confidence; speak clearly and
include: adhere to all policies and procedures; provide tours on loud enough to be heard; and be respectful and courteous when
a regular basis based on knowledge of the official tour script, the dealing with ushers.
Tour Informational Handbook as well as current programming;
and provide the information in a pleasant and positive way, Presence and Control
being responsive to the group on the tour, such as age limita- With regard to personal appearance and attire the guide is
tions, interests, and special needs. Appearance is also important. expected to have the ID badge visible, be well dressed and clean;
In addition, guides need to be able to meet the physical chal- have the ability to control the tour group; have the physical
lenges required regardless of tour size; refrain from personal stamina to meet all physical challenges throughout the tour
commentary or remarks of a political nature; serve as a customer including taking stairs, walking the entire distance, and taking
service representative of the Kennedy Center: make people feel the group outside on the Roof Top Level; and keep the tour
welcome with a friendly greeting; answer questions about the within an appropriate time, depending on the needs of the group.
building and gifts; generate enthusiasm about Kennedy Center
Membership as well as making purchases in the Gift Shops; and other
encourage visitors to make donations to the tour box.
The reviewer will consider special issues/adaptability such as the
guide’s ability to fully meet accessibility needs and adapt to tour
Tour guide reviewers will meet on November
20 to discuss the review process.
This may seem like a full plate, but this is what guides do on
a daily basis. We are confident that every tour guide will “pass”
Tour Guide Review Commitee: stay tuned for
with flying colors!!!
montessori School “Tours for young People” Pilot Groups
over the summer, the Friends
Continue to “Test” Tour Scripts office targeted schools that fit the
bill to “test” the tour script for the
Dear Brooks and Kali, gram. I hope that our input helps as you
age bracket represented in the
Thank you so much for arranging a move forward! And let me know if you
tour group for our new Tours for
tour for Montessori School for Northern need any more feedback.
young People Program. at the
Virginia’s Music Camp students. I Please thank Debra (Simon), our tour
end of the tour, teachers filled out
appreciated you reaching out to me after guide, for her time this morning.
the special survey that addresses
I contacted the Kennedy Center inquir- Again, thank you so much for welcom-
the interests of the three age
ing about a tour. It was also nice to meet ing MSNV’s students to the Kennedy
groups represented in the pro-
you in person this morning. Center this morning.
gram: 4–10; 11–14; and 15–18
My co-teacher and I filled out the spe-
year olds. See page 14 for more
cial Teacher Survey to assist the Friends Sincerely,
on the TyP Program!
office with the launch of your new pro- Lindsey Williams
An Informative Gathering of Friends at the
Bi-Annual Lounge Meeting
By Katie Garland, Lounge VaC Representative
onday, September 30 was our and answer questions about lounge sup-
m Bi-Annual Lounge meeting and once
again it proved to be an excellent refresher
plies, statistics, and scheduling. Lounge
Sub/cancellation scheduler Judy Begal
session for the Lounge Friends. Attendees gave everyone her best in absentia! We
received the 2013-2014 Lounge Manual, could not do what we do in the Lounges
the official Lounge training roster, and without this terrific trio of Friends.
a new and improved Training Refresher
Checklist. “Hot lounge topics” were Refresher Training Lounge
reviewed, including working with scan-
ners, how to empty and clean a hot water Quiz worked!
or coffee container, how to fill out the As part of the refresher training
Sign-In Sheet/Lounge Supply Form and element to the meeting, Lounge
Lounge volunteer Gary nooger the importance of showing up for duty! Friends took a quiz, developed
reading his new Lounge manual. Manager of Annual Giving Programs by Friends intern Vim Iglesia,
Myles King provided updates on Member with 18 lounge-related
welcome new Lounge services; Manager of Donor Services Jovita questions plus three bonus
Friends this Fall Gross and assistants Michael Dean and questions. Sixty Lounge Friends
Franklin Hernandez expressed their grati- participated; three stood above
merci del Toro, tude for the excellent services the Lounge the rest! wendy and will
Eva Griffeth, Peggy Long, Friends provide to our members. molzahn tied for first. and ann
Paul michael, Celeste Roney, Friends Database Supervisor Ralph Recknor took second prize.
Richard Rosenfeld, and Johnson and Lounge Scheduler Diane ConGRaTuLaTIonS.
Keith Zembower. Lipsey were present to provide information
Friends Create Memorable Experiences for Members
By Jamie doughty, membership assistant
s we begin another exciting season at lounges open to Members and each one and are able to provide many details to
a the Kennedy Center, the Membership
Office is already hard at work planning
is staffed by Friends volunteers. These
Friends are responsible for greeting the
donors about current and past opera
productions. It is also clear that each tour
various events to ensure that our Members donors, offering snacks and refreshments, guide possesses a great passion for opera,
have a memorable and rewarding experi- answering questions, and encouraging and that passion is contagious!
ence when they visit the Center. These interested patrons to join Kennedy Center The support of our Members is essential
efforts would not be possible without the Membership. Their efforts make such a to the Kennedy Center, and we want to
dedicated work of the Friends volunteers, difference in creating an enjoyable eve- ensure that their visits are unforgettable
who provide assistance and a friendly ning for our Members. and that even the smallest interactions they
face to our donors each and every day. In addition to working at the have with the Center are positive. Friends
From answering questions at the Visitors Center, Friends volunteers travel to the volunteers play a crucial part in facilitat-
Center to staffing the Center’s Gift Shops Washington National Opera Costume ing Member involvement. Without their
to staffing the three donor lounges, these Studio, located in the Takoma neighbor- daily dedication, our Members would be
volunteers provide our donors with the hood of the District, to lead tours for our left with quite a different experience.
best possible visiting experience. Members at the Donor level and above. The Membership Office would like to
One of the main benefits for our These tours give the donors a behind- extend a huge thank you to the Friends
Members at the Contributor level and the-scenes look at the design process for Office for all that you do. Your efforts
above is special access to our Members- the costumes and props used in WNO have not gone unnoticed, and we appreci-
Only Lounges before a performance productions. The volunteers that conduct ate your help more than you can imagine!
and during intermission. There are three these tours are incredibly knowledgeable
Collaboration Between Friends and Education
Makes Tours for Young People a Reality
By Kailey Field
he Tours for Young People Program Higgins) all three tour scripts and generat- The enthusiasm from high school stu-
T went into high gear over the sum-
mer and will become a reality in late fall
ing interesting and informative content.
Kincaid feels “honored” to be part of the
dents, tour guides, teachers, and staff
demonstrates the collaboration across
2013. The Kennedy Center’s Friends and development of this new program which departments and envisages an exciting
Education Departments collaborated to caters to specific age levels. future for the Tours for Young People
create age-specific educational tour scripts Two high school volunteers had a hands- Program launch in the months ahead.
for school groups and other youth orga- on experience in developing the program.
nizations that visit the Kennedy Center Over the past several years, Paul Bernstein The drafts of these tour scripts have
through this exciting new program. has contributed as a consultant, writer, touched the many hands of staff,
The drafts of these tour scripts have and supervisor of surveys. Bernstein said, tour guides, teachers, and high
touched the many hands of staff, tour “I am very excited for the launch of the school volunteers alike.
guides, teachers, and high school volun- tour program, it will be very pleasing to
teers alike. Mary Ann Troanovitch, Shift see all of our work become a reality, in
Leader and Tour Guide on Monday morn- making people happy.”
ings, revised and tested the elementary Erin Mena, a short term volunteer and
and middle school scripts. She raves about rising senior, feels the tours scripts serve
the scripts delightful interactivity. “The as a valuable educational opportunity.
middle school script asks questions that Mena said, “The Tours for Young People
are easy to answer and keeps up interest; Program will be extremely beneficial to
the elementary school script takes time to informing young people about this presti-
sing—what could be better?” Troanovitch gious and cultural performing arts center.”
said. Bernstein agrees: “It will surely intro- Debra simon giving a pilot tour to
Rita Kincaid, a Tour Guide on duce young children to a lifelong love the elementary age group from the
Wednesday afternoons and a former sec- for the arts as well as provide a focus for Montessori school for northern
ondary education teacher, assisted with young adults on possible careers in the Virginia’s Music Camp.
editing (along with Tour Guide Barbara performing arts.”
a special thank you to the following Friends collaborators on this project:
Paul Bernstein, howard Erdrich, Barbara higgins, Rita Kincaid, alexia Kolias,
Erin mena, maryellen magner, marilyn Schoon, debra Simon,
mary ann Troanovitch, and Liz Vecchione.
About that Paint Job in the Concert Hall!
By dennis Butler
hanges have taken place on the walls gilded to tie into the new organ façade, Lights were also cleaned and fixtures
C of the Concert Hall, specifically to the
color scheme. Before the makeover, the
while doors and tier ceilings are a wonder- repaired during the project.
ful, complimentary soft gray.
Concert Hall’s colors ranged from green The gold leaf pattern on the balcony Before and after photos below.
and gold to mustard. The walls and bal- fronts is silver while the gold leaf at the
cony fronts are now a stunning cream and organ façade and the ceilings remain gold.
1 Sister Act, 7:30pm (OH) 15 Matthew Bourne’s Sleeping Beauty – New Adventures,
Barbara Cook’s Spotlight: Tommy Tune, 7:30pm (TT) 1:30 & 7:30pm (OH)
The washington Ballet Giiselle, 7:30pm (ET) Friday Morning Music Club Presents Avanti Orchestra,
KC Jazz Club: The Curtis Fuller Brasstet with Bobby Shew 7:30pm (TT)
and Don Sickler, 7:30 & 9:30pm (TG) Something to Sing About Kathleen Battle with Cyrus
national Symphony orchestra, 8pm (CH) Chestnut, 8pm (ET)
Shear Madness, 8pm (TL) national Symphony orchestra, 8pm (CH)
2 Man of the House, 11 am and 1:30 & 5pm (FT) Shear Madness, 8pm (TL)
Sister Act, 1:30 & 7:30pm (OH) 16 Matthew Bourne’s Sleeping Beauty – New Adventures,
The washington Ballet Giselle, 1:30 & 7:30pm (ET) 1:30 & 7:30pm (OH)
Shear Madness, 6 & 9pm (TL) Kit Armstrong, piano, 2pm (TT)
Django Reinhardt Festival All-Stars with Stefon Harris, Master Class: Matthew Bourne’s New Adventures, 4pm
7:30 & 9:30pm (TL) Shear Madness, 6 & 9pm (TL)
national Symphony orchestra, 8pm (CH) national Symphony orchestra, 8pm (CH)
3 Jam Session with the Django Reinhardt Festival All-Stars, 17 Matthew Bourne’s Sleeping Beauty- New Adventures, 1:30pm
11am (CH) (OH)
Man of the House, 1:30 & 4pm (FT) DC Youth Orchestra Fall Concert 2013, 2pm (TT)
The washington Ballet Giselle, 1:30 & 6:30pm (ET) Shear Madness, 3 & 7pm (TL)
Sister Act, 1:30 & 7:30pm (OH) 19 Shear Madness, 8pm (TL)
Stefan Jackiw, violin with Anna Polonsky, piano, 2pm (TT) 20 Shear Madness, 8pm (TL)
Shear Madness, 3 & 7pm (TL) 21 Shear Madness, 8pm (TL)
washington Chorus Britten: War Requiem, 7:30pm (CH) 22 american Voices: Classical Master Session with
5 Sister Act, 7:30pm (OH); Shear madness, 8pm (TL) Eric Owns, 2pm (TT)
6 The Suzanne Farrell Ballet, 7:30pm (ET) american Voices: Symposium: Vocal Health
Sister Act, 7:30pm (OH); Shear Madness, 8pm (TL) and Illness: Insights into the Past, Present, and
7 national Symphony orchestra, 7pm (CH) Future, 4:30pm (Atrium); Shear Madness, 8pm (TL)
Suzanne Farrell Ballet, 7:30pm (ET) 23. american Voices: Country master Session, 10am (TT)
Sister Act, 7:30pm (OH); Sphinx Virtuosi, 7:30pm (TT) american Voices: Symposium: Singing in the 21st
Shear Madness, 8pm (TL) Century: Business and Technology, 1:30pm (At)
8 Barbara Cook’s Spotlight: Lucie Arnaz, 7:30pm (TT) Elephant & Piggie’s We are in a Play!, 1:30pm & 4pm (FT)
The Suzanne Farrell Ballet, 7:30pm (ET) american Voices: Pop/Rock Master session, 3:30pm (TT)
Sister Act, 7:30pm (OH) Shear Madness, 6 & 9pm (TL)
KC Jazz Club: Jazzmeia Horn, 7:30 & 9:30pm (TG) American Voices Concert, 8pm (CH)
national Symphony orchestra, 8pm (CH) 24. american Voices: Musical Theater master Session with
Shear Madness, 8pm (TL) Sutton Foster, 11am (TT); Elephant & Piggie’s We Are in a Play!,
9 The Suzanne Farrell Ballet, 1:30 & 7:30pm (ET) 1:30 & 4pm (FT); american Voices: Gospel master Session with
Sister Act, 1:30 & 7:30pm (OH); Shear Madness, 6 & 9pm (TL) Kim Burrell, 3pm (TL); Shear Madness, 3 & 7pm (TL)
KC Jazz Club: Jason Moran and The Bandwagon, 7:30 & 25. Marc-Andre Hamelin, piano, 7:30pm (TT)
9:30pm (TG); national Symphony orchestra, 8pm (CH) Shear Madness, 8pm (TL)
10 Sister Act, 1:30 & 7:30pm (OH) 26. Shear Madness, 8pm (TL)
The Suzanne Farrell Ballet, 1:30 & 7:30pm (ET) 27. Elephant & Piggie’s We Are in a Play!, 1:30 & 4pm (FT)
Shear Madness, 3 & 7pm (TL);The Choral Arts Society of Joffrey Ballet The Nutcracker, 7:30pm (OH)
Washington Legacy and Life, 4pm (CH) Shear Madness, 8pm (TL)
12. Enso String Quartet, 7:30pm (TT) 28. Shear Madness, 8pm (TL)
Matthew Bourne’s Sleeping Beauty –New Adventures, 29. Elephant & Piggie’s We Are in a Play!, 1:30 & 4pm (FT)
7:30pm (OH) Shear Madness, 8pm (TL) Joffrey Ballet The Nutcracker, 1:30 & 7:30pm (OH)
13 Matthew Bourne’s Sleeping Beauty:New Adventures, 7:30p(OH) Shear Madness, 5 & 8pm (TL)
washington national opera american opera Initiative: nSo Pops: An Evening with Matthew Morrison, 8pm (CH)
Three 20-Minute Operas, 7:30pm (TT); Shear Madness, 8pm (TL) 30. Elephant & Piggie’s We are in a Play!, 11am and 1:30 &
14 national Symphony orchestra, 7pm (CH) 5pm (FT); Joffrey Ballet The Nutcracker, 1:30 & 7:30pm (OH)
Matthew Bourne’s sleeping Beauty –New Adventures, Shear Madness, 6 & 9pm (TL); nSo Pops: An Evening with
7:30pm (OH); Vocal Arts DC Presents Michael Fabiano,tenor, Matthew Morrison, 8pm (CH)
7:30pm(TT); Shear Madness, 8pm (TL)
The Kennedy Center without Friends
By Vim Iglesia
An Intern’s perspective
’ve heard that you can fit two football say that there is at least one Friend work- stations, providing vital support to the
I fields in the Grand Foyer and have a first
down to spare and that the chandelier in
ing every shift. Visit the Tour Desk and see
the tour guides ready and waiting to give
‘slimdowned’ Center!) There are pam-
phlets, magazines, brochures to restock,
the Opera House is 50 feet in diameter a tour. Enjoy a show and visit a Lounge, but the building is empty. People are
and contains almost 2,000 bulbs. I know where Friends welcome patrons into our submitting tour requests, but there are
that the oils from our hands can add home here at the Kennedy Center. no tours.
more sheen to Lucien Wercollier’s sculp- The spirit of volunteerism fills the place, Indeed, it was a quiet time at the
ture Ascension. Without the Friends Tour but lately it has been (mostly) quiet. Kennedy Center, but the government shut-
Guides, I would not know anything about Due to government shutdown, the voices down has ended and the Friends and
the building. and sounds I’m used to hearing have visitors are back to breathe life into the
At the Hall of States entrance one of been muted with just a percentage of the building again!
the first things you see is Friends seated at regularly scheduled volunteers reporting Thanks to the Friends who were so
the Visitors Center. They’re always happy for duty. (Note: we are truly grateful to patient during the government shutdown.
to help if you need any assistance. Take the shops and admin friends who were It is a pleasure to have everyone back in
a look into the Gift Shops and it’s safe to not ‘furloughed’ and remained at their the building.
The spirit of volunteerism fills the place, but lately it has been (mostly) quiet.
“The schools were strangely quiet, with no field trips and no volunteer
classroom aides. Symphony halls and the museums that had been built
and stocked by volunteers were dark and would remain that way. The
flowers in churches and synagogues withered and died. Children in day
nurseries lifted their arms, but there was no one to hold them in love.”
washington, dC 20566-0003
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