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At the risk of getting a bit "shmaltzy", I wanted to take this opportunity to thank you for your contribution to Encore's rich history -- by being a part of the audience.  You've heard me say it before ... theatre cannot exist without an audience, and it is you who have made this journey worthwhile.

I've heard it said
That people come into our lives for a reason
Bringing something we must learn
And we are led
To those who help us most to grow
If we let them
And we help them in return
Well, I don't know if I believe that's true
But I know I'm who I am today
Because I knew you

It would be impossible for me to write a "farewell message" without acknowledging some of the people whose time, talents, and hard work made it possible for me to put more than 60 shows on stage.  For starters, it was Mario D'Alimonte who encouraged me to start the company, and he has been the single driving force, both onstage and off, behind so many of our shows.  I will forever be grateful to him for his support, friendship, and talent. A few of the others who contributed so much to so many shows are Jacqui Burke, Jerrold Karch, Larry Westlake, Katherine E. Bignell-Jones, Ellen Kestenberg, Alex and Carmen Amini, Jim Coles, Anita Moore, Aaron Sidenberg, Alan Robertson, Liz Best, Marion Hirschberg, Donna Jacobs, Sarah Haley Matte, Kathleen Pollard and Malorie Mandolidis. I wish I had the space to name them all. 

On a personal level, special thanks to Lea Garbe, who inspires me, and to Olivia Jon, Lois Maxim,  Soraia Prevides, and Pim Schotanus, who were always there to keep me sane.  There are hundreds more people who have come with me on this wild journey.  I hope they know how grateful I am for all of them.

Who can say if I've been changed for the better?
But because I knew you
I have been changed for good


Perhaps our most lasting legacy has been the opportunities that we have been privileged to give to actors, some of whom are now enjoying professional careers in theatre; the friendships (and marriages) that started in Encore shows; and the memories that we all share and will be with us forever.


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