The “In the Wings” series of blog posts highlights the directors and actors of each Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette production. And while it makes sense to promote them – actors are the face of a production, and directors are the brains – there are whole groups of volunteers who go unrecognized, not only on this blog but also perhaps by the playgoing public.
The “Civic Volunteer Album” will highlight various Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette volunteers who more often than not volunteer behind the scenes of productions as stage managers, designers, backstage crew and much more. They are the backbone of each production, supporting what everyone else can see and hear on stage.
Cindy Modlin Adams became involved with Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette when she was part of the stage crew for the 1982-1983 season production of Sleuth. She had just relocated from Wisconsin, where she had been actively involved in community theatre.
“I had so much fun and met a lot of people through theatre in Wisconsin, and I wanted to have the same opportunity here in Lafayette,” she said.
Since that show Cindy has served on the Justin M. Newell Scholarship Committee, which recognizes the contributions and achievements of a college-bound graduating senior, and has been active in other productions on the backstage crew, props crew, construction crew and as an actor, including Romantic Comedy in the 1985-1986 season and the 2005-2006 season's production of The Sound of Music at the Tippecanoe County Amphitheater.
”I used to fall asleep listening to the soundtrack from The Sound of Music as a kid so I always wanted to be part of the nun’s chorus, and I had seen Civic’s first production of it at Sunnyside Middle School,” Cindy said. “I was happy to be chosen for the nun’s chorus in 2005, as it was my first time back on stage after a 20-year hiatus.”
One of Cindy’s inspirations to return to the theater was seeing Karl Brandt as Benjamin Franklin in Civic’s production of 1776 at the Long Center for the Performing Arts during the 2000-2001 season.
“Karl was superb in the role,” she said. “And the show was so well done with the costumes, music and dancing.”
Cindy concluded by describing the positive aspects of volunteering at Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette.
”You meet talented, creative and fun people,” she said. “You get the chance to try out new skills with experts standing by to help and give advice. There are jobs for about any time commitment, from a few hours to a whole production run. And you help bring the arts to life for others.”