Nov 112013

Although I was planning on continuing as the director for this year’s CUHS Drama production, I have had a change of heart and have decided to pass my directing duties to Randy Schwalbe. This was obviously a hard decision for me because I love the program, especially the people I have had the pleasure of working with, but I am confident the time is right for this change based on my own needs and the needs of the club. A primary reason for my decision is that my obligations working as an environmental scientist have increased dramatically over the past year, and I don’t see that letting up any time soon. I’m sure this comes as no surprise to many people I have talked to recently – I frequently say how busy I am at work. My career as an environmental scientist is obviously a high priority in my life because it’s how I make most of my living. However, my work is such that I have very little free time now, and what little I have is shared with family, chores, etc. It would not be fair to the program for me to fail to deliver on my commitment when my time is now so limited.

The good news is that I am leaving my directing duties in excellent hands We all know the passion and enthusiasm Randy gives to conducting the orchestra. What many may not know is that he also has extensive directing experience, the most recent being the excellent production of “Little Shop of Horrors” for Allied Arts. Randy does have the time to devote because he is fairly recently retired from his career in Los Angeles, and he has already started many of the tasks needed to prepare for the production – tasks that I have not been able to complete.

I am still planning on helping with the production in various capacities, and I will hopefully finally realize a dream I have had the last 10 productions, that is, playing trumpet in the orchestra.

The other good news is that the show selection committee has decided on this year’s production – “Guys and Dolls”. It’s a great show, one that I would eventually like to direct some day.

I would have much rather given this news to everyone in person, but the timing is such that I wanted to let as many people know as soon as possible so Randy can concentrate on his preparations.

I know you will all have a great time with Randy as your director, have no fear, he will do good by you.

Thanks a bunch, Kirk