It is now October. Normally in August, our ASMC actors would have put on their greasepaint, brightly sung and danced, and gave autographs and hugs to all our new friends. It is always a time of celebration and joy for us all, and would have been this year as well. And then COVID-19 happened, bringing a halt to the entire world. Our home stage, Boyd Vance Theater, was unavailable for any performance due to the pandemic and we decided, very begrudgingly, to postpone our show until next year.
Which is a pity, because our show was very timely. Written by local African-American author, Anne Wynter, “Another Story” tells the tale of a young African-American girl going to a new school, and, through the help of her favorite book characters, learns to find her own voice.
We are living in a time of great turmoil, especially for people of color. Media information has highlighted harsh and unwarranted incidents of violence against people who have historically been ignored and overlooked. ASMC is dedicated to ensuring that all people are able to have a voice, both onstage, backstage, and in the stories we choose to tell. And, while this has always been the case, we know we can always do better. We can only hope for a world where “Black Lives Matter” is no longer a controversial statement, but one, as it always should have been, of common sense.