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It’s a Small World

If I had a nickel for every time I’ve said, “It’s a small world,” I wouldn’t need to buy a Powerball ticket. Every day it seems there is something that brings me to that observation. Whether it’s discovering that What’s-His-Name worked with your friend What’s-Her-Face three summers ago or mysteriously running into that one person at every audition. We all know it’s a small world, but I am truly amazed at what a tiny planet showbiz is.

One such instance occurred recently when Callie Schroer, an actress in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee at Lyric Arts just realized she was working with a director who literally changed her life. That director is Zach Curtis and the life changing moment was in 2007 when Zach played “Lennie” in Of Mice and Men at Park Square. You see, Callie had seen that very production and in her own words exclaims what a thrill the experience was for her: “… it was fantastic and one of the most meaningful shows at the time to a young kid who realized what she wanted to do with her life while viewing this show,” she said. “I felt all of the things, and knew if I could make someone feel so much emotion after a performance, that was all that I wanted to do with my life. So. I’m literally in shock that this is a thing, and that I remembered it all by seeing that one picture.”

Vincent Hannam

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  1. In 2007 I saw a matinee performance of “Of Mice And Men” at Park Square Theatre with my high school English class. I sat absolutely captivated and mesmerized by the world they created and was amazed by everyone’s performance. I was specifically drawn to the relationship between George and Lennie. Lennie’s genuine innocence was unmistakable, and having a brother who is on the spectrum, this portrayal was very moving for me. I knew that if I could ever make someone feel as many emotions as I had that day, that I would have done my job as an actor. Little did I know that this show would stand out as a defining moment that inspired me to pursue performing arts as a profession. I recently got cast in my first post-graduation production at Lyric Arts in Anoka. It was directed by none other than the incomparable Zach Curtis, who played the gentle giant Lennie from my past. Learning from/being encouraged by someone that I have held in such high esteem since my teenage years is one of the greatest and unbelievable experiences I could imagine, but I wouldn’t choose anything different for starting out in this world.

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