I did theatre when I was young (the Melodrama) with my cousin and we have so many great memories from those summer days. We also have videos of the shows we were in (we laugh so hard we cry every time we watch them). Anyway, I been out of theatre for a long time, but one night my mom suggested we see “Helen Keller” at The Empty Space...we were blown away! Ever since that show, we have been returning to The Empty Space and other local theatres around town. So much hard work and dedication are poured into each show and, for that reason, I could never throw away a program from a show that my mom and I saw. I had huge dreams of making something wonderful, but I could never bring myself to cut up a program. So, I think the best thing I could do would be to return them where they came from. The Empty Space is going to get my collection and I think they are planning to scan them into a database, so they can archive their shows. What a great idea!!! We have been supporting local theatre for years now, but I still can’t really put my feelings into words. I just wish more people would recognize how many creative and talented people we have in our city and go support them. Many express that the reason they do theatre (despite the politics, late nights, exhaustion, sacrifice, etc.) is because they have to. This is what people should be doing...what they love! We support the theatre because...we have to.