212 and I have a unique connect, in that I was manager of Illinois Valley Cinemas, A GKC Theater that became Stage 212 in La Salle. Also, Phil Valle and I got called in to help finish sets for 1776. We got them done in time, and were listed in the program as the Last Minute Men. For a few years, I was in charge of the set building area. I am now living in Bowling Green, KY, and I am the Emissary for our 1800 seat PAC, named SkyPAC. This means , I am in charge of 6-10 ushers seating 1000 patrons on orchestra level for every show and I am also Front of House manager for the original PAC, which is the Capitol Arts Center. A position I held on its opening in the 80's for three years. Kind of Deja Vu...all over again . Arnie Petrus
I had an opportunity to act at Stage 212 during my last spring before I moved away. I even landed a lead on my first try. I played Susan in 2012's Don't Drink the Water. I can say I've never had more fun. There is a photo... somewhere.... of me during our rehearsal when I was first confronted with the best prop I've ever seen. Larry Kelsey on a copy of Time Magazine. I'm clearly cracking up and trying to remain in character. I can only hope someone still has that magazine.