We drove from Paducah, KY to Greenwood, SC. We arrived on Sunday night and the day started early on Monday morning with a workshop for healthcare workers/students on the campus of Lander University. The day continued with an afternoon workshop for pre-service special education teachers.
The next morning, we loaded the show into the Performing Arts Center to prepare for a nearly sold out performance that evening. There was a lot of excitement in the community about the show thanks to the good work of the Greenwood team and Alan (in my office).
The doors opened at 6:30pm and the enthusiastic crowd starting rolling in to find their seats. It was a rush! A very nice mix of families and senior citizens and a HUGE turn out of 18-30 students filled the theatre. There was no problem getting volunteers to help out on stage either.
Thanks to Myra, Jackie, Jeff (and his gang), and Eddie (and his crew) for a great time in Greenwood, SC!
From Greenwood, we made our way to Pembroke, NC. I was very excited about this event because we were the kick off to the Very Special Arts Festival in this region of North Carolina. The event was being held on the campus of the University of North Carolina in the Givens Center for the Arts.
We loaded in the day before the performance for good reason. The kick off event would start at 9am on Thursday morning and we would start performing around 9:30am! It just worked best for us to get all set up the day before so we wouldn’t be there at the 3am to load in and set up. The crew at the Givens Performing Arts Center moved us in quickly and we were set up and ready to go in about 5 hours. I was pleased with the way things were looking.
We arrived the next morning at 7:30am to finish up and get ready for the 1100 people coming to the Festival. No disappointments on this one – the crowd was excellent, responsive, enthusiastic, and fun!