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Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Special friends

Six of the eight King children have been on stage at Allenberry Playhouse at one time or other since 2007. While there have been many blessings from these experiences, one of the best has been the friendships we have made. And adding to that blessing is that our paths often cross and re-cross.

Jennie has been a special friend since she played Anna in The King and I in 2009. Jesse played her son, Louis, and Mariana and Isaac played children of the King.


Her sweet and gentle spirit, her humility, wisdom, intelligence, and genuine care for those she is with are all endearing, as is her talent in dance, acting, and music. We have also marveled at her commitment to her marriage through the years, when their careers so often have them in different states. We have enjoyed several visits in our home when she either returned to Allenberry or was at another theater not too far away.

Then, a few months ago, we found out that she and her husband were both hired to play in the pit of the national tour of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. We were so happy for the two of the and have followed their beautiful photos of so many old venues with beautiful domed ceilings.

A few weeks ago I realized that Joseph would be stopping in York. Why not? Joseph is always a fun musical and getting to see Jennie and her husband, Brian? Of course!

It was a short but fun reunion. Unfortunately, Brian had to play photographer since the ushers were busy cleaning up and the crew was busy striking the set. But thank you, Jennie and Brian! We loved the show and seeing you again! Best wishes on the rest of your tour.

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