“Homage to Linda and David in the style of HAMILTON” by Suzan Zeder
How did a lanky, Yankee, son of a preacher
And a spunky, funky, actress and drama teacher
Become the undisputed, highly reputed, leaders of the field
In TYA /USA/ today?
They had a vision, came to a decision
That a lot of children’s theatre was a bore
It could be more, so much more
Than it had ever been before, just to get it up to par
And you know just who they are….
They were self-starters, worked harder
Were smarter than they knew
They started small, after all, doing all that they could do
David in a van, and Linda in the zoo!
Over many, many years, they built luminous careers
Gaining staff and volunteers, and the respect of all their peers
With their talents and abilities
They built multi-million buck facilities
Yes, they have come so very far….
They were trail blazing, simply amazing
With an obsession for professional expression
and artistic parity…A rarity not just based on popularity
But quality, over frivolity/
And the plays that they commissioned exemplified their mission
Never pandered, never slandered,
And they set a whole new standard
Finding the neat spot, the sweet spot, not the elite spot
Between box office surly and artistic purity
Oh, yes, they really raised the bar
But it wasn’t easy, feeling queasy, trying to hold it all together on a tether
Weathering boards and budgets, trying never to begrudged it.
Keeping colleagues, cutting losses and defectors
and managing directors
Fighting financial recession and depression
Sometimes it wasn’t easy, sometimes it was sad
But we are all so very glad
That they cheered and persevered, even when things got bizarre
Yes, you know who they are
Now they say that they’re retired
They haven’t vanished or expired
They’re still directing and connecting, at the theaters they made great
And I do not overstate, when I say that every adult and every kid
And even critics, God forbid, will remember them not for what they did, but who they are!
Sarah Brunow accepts the award for Adventure Theatre MTC.