Embracing the Stage: My Journey to Community Theater

There’s a unique joy in being part of a small community theater, where every note played and every line spoken is a shared triumph, bringing people together through the magic of performance.


This weekend marks a significant moment in my life—not just because it’s the opening of our local community theater where I’ll be partaking for the first time, but also because it coincides with a special community event. It feels like a celebratory debut, not just for the production but for myself as well. Adding to the excitement, my husband will also be joining me in this theater adventure, making it a truly special family affair. Together, we are looking forward to the next eight weeks of summer performances, sharing this wonderful experience with each other and our community.

The Early Echoes of Music

I’ve had a lifelong companionship with music, starting with the piano when I was a little girl. Through the years, I’ve been part of many musical performances, but as I grew older, my journey with music took on a more personal dimension. Interestingly, my piano education was anything but traditional. My father, respecting my wishes, allowed me to explore the piano in a way that felt right to me. When I was a teenager, this meant veering towards popular music rather than classical compositions. At the time, I longed for the freedom to play what I wanted, even though I missed out on the rigorous discipline of traditional piano lessons.

A Non-Traditional Path

Looking back, I am deeply grateful for my father’s approach. It preserved my passion for music and allowed me to develop a personal style and connection to the piano without the constraints of formal training. This path has led me to a profound appreciation for music, one that I carry with me as I step into the realm of theater.

Stepping Into the Spotlight

As I prepare for this weekend’s performance, my excitement is tinged with nerves. The rehearsals have been a whirlwind of activity, and I’ve been diligently working to perfect the musical scores. Playing for the theater is a new experience for me, one that requires not just technical skill but also a strong emotional connection to the music and the accompanying performance.

The Spirit of Sharing Music

In these moments, I often feel the presence of my father, guiding and supporting me. His dream was simple yet profound—he wanted me to experience the joy of music, to be able to sit at the piano and share this delight with others. This wasn’t about becoming a concert pianist or achieving fame. It was about the pure, heartfelt joy of making music as part of a community.

This weekend, as I blend my notes into the stories told on stage, I will be fulfilling that dream. It’s an opportunity to not only share music but to connect with others through the universal language of melody and expression.

To everyone who has supported me on this journey, and to my father, whose unique approach to my musical education has led me here, I am endlessly thankful. Wish me luck as I embrace this new chapter of my musical life, one performance at a time.

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5 Responses to Embracing the Stage: My Journey to Community Theater

  1. Jose says:

    Wow, what a tribute to your father! I really enjoyed your post on many levels, the writing is amazing, the dance routines are so fun and the celebration of life, music and community come out loud and clear.
    Thank you and ‘break a leg’ this weekend!!

    • Marcia Ren says:

      Hi Jose,

      I am enjoying this community theatre so much…feeling very excited about the summer production. Thank you for your support. Happy summer!

  2. Marcia Ren says:

    Thank you so much for your support and kind comments. Living in a small community has been so very special.

  3. Cindy says:

    So pleased for you, my friend. I know how much your family…and particularly your dad mean to you. This is a great tribute to them, and a true accomplishment for you. Many blessings as you use your talents to bring joy into your community. Love always…

    • Marcia Ren says:

      Dear Cindy,
      What a treat for you to stop by today. Thank you for your loving comments, and special wishes. Your friendship will always be close to my heart…and we have shared so many wonderful conversations about our families.
      Love & miss you.

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