Terry Rogers moved to the Harbor 30 years ago in June of 1983 and found work in the print shop business. In 1996, Rogers also began volunteering with the Driftwood Players of Aberdeen. She auditioned for “Father of the Bride” and played a florist in the production. Thirty-eight productions later, she still helps out wherever she can. Rogers has also been the Program Trustee for the Driftwood Board of Directors since 2004 and was recently given the title of Fund Raising Chair as well. She lives with her husband Ron “Cork” Rogers and dog Tootsie.
What kind of background do you have in theater and/or the arts?
I guess I was like most kids and took the drama/theater classes that were offered at my high school. I also took the art classes, but I was terrible at it. It wasn’t until I found the graphic arts that my talent was apparent. I really liked, and still do, the precision that is required and the rules that need to be followed to reproduce an idea on paper that was just in someone’s head. I think it’s this background in the printing industry that translates to the theater for me. Taking the playwright’s words and ideas and reproducing them on the stage.
That’s one of the great things about Driftwood Players. No matter what your background is, if you have the desire to be a part of the theater, you are welcome to come and let your star shine.
How long have you been involved with the Driftwood Players of Aberdeen?
I feel like I have always been involved with the Driftwood Players. Working for Dunsire Printers (and Washingtonian Print) I have been indirectly involved by way of printing the programs for 25+ years.
But my first real involvement was in 1996, when I was gently, but firmly, pushed and shoved by my dear friend Tobi Ingram to audition for Father of the Bride.
I go to the auditions and the whole time I’m thinking, “What am I going to do if I actually get a part?” Well, I did get cast as the florist, so I promptly went out and sprained my ankle. A few days later I come hobbling in to rehearsals, mumbling something about “I guess you’ll have to replace me.” That’s when I learned that if you are a cast member the only excuse for not showing is a death in the family — and it better be yours!
Even though I only had three lines in that production, it quickly became apparent to me that I didn’t have the stage presence required to be any good at it. But what I did find was that I was fascinated with what was going on back stage.
What do you like and dislike about living here?
There’s lots to like about living in a “small” town. Some of my favorites are seeing the Aberdeen and Hoquiam High School bands playing and marching past my home or where I work. During the holidays you sometimes get carolers at your front door and, where I live in Central Park, you always know when Santa has arrived.
I like that there is no place I can go and, more times than not, will run into someone I know. We say hello, chat for awhile and even set up another time to get-together to do something fun. I guess you call that a “close knit” community of friends and acquaintances.
There’s not much to dislike about living on the Harbor. I guess I’m like everyone else — I complain about the weather. But you do that no matter where you live. I’d like to see the economy improve, and I’ve lived here long enough to know that it will. Harborites are resilient, hard-working people and it’s that determination that will prevail.
What attributes do you think are important to have to be a stage manager?
The attributes a stage manager needs are the same as a good parent. You need to be sympathetic, patient, understanding. Sometimes you’re the cheerleader, sometimes the disciplinarian. You’ll be called on to be a doctor, mediator, head cook and bottle washer. And you better know how to fix anything with a roll of duct tape and a stapler.
But the best attributes a stage manager has is the cast and crew that has come together to make the production a success. Some of us start out as old friends, some are newcomers, but all of us become a family with one goal — to create a show that our audience will enjoy. And each and every time that happens I, too, feel successful.
What has been your favorite production to work on with Driftwood?
My favorite production is the current play I’m involved with. Each show is unique and that’s what makes it my favorite.
Over the years, there have been some plays that stand out from the others for me as stage manager: Daddy’s Dyin’ Whose Got the Will? (2000), Born Yesterday (2003), Cheatin’ (2004), Misery (2005), Almost, Maine (2008), The Women (2009), A Tuna Christmas (2010) and God of Carnage (2013).
Harvey (2007) and The Vagina Monologues (2007) are two more of my favorites as I had parts in both these shows. I was the stage manager for Harvey and was also cast as the maid. I only had one line to memorize so I figured I could handle it. When I was offered a part in TVM I was relieved to find out we got to carry our scripts on stage. So I said yes and had a wonderful time.
The Queen of Bingo (2008) and Bullshot Crummond (2009) are the two shows I tried my hand at being assistant director. It was a good learning experience for me, but I realized during both shows my heart was hanging out back stage.
How would you describe the theater talent on the Harbor?
The talent on the Harbor seems to be boundless. The caliber of actors and actresses that come to audition sometimes makes it impossible for the director to choose. Some directors have commented that they wish they could cast the play twice because they have so much talent to choose from.
It’s not just the actors that have talent. All the people who serve on our Board of Directors and our volunteers, on both sides of the curtain, bring their own know-how to the theater. Best of all, they share their knowledge freely, which benefits all of us. But most of all it benefits our community theater. And in the end, that’s everyone’s goal — to have a successful community theater where everyone is welcome.
What do you do in your spare time?
When I’m not involved in a production at Driftwood I have lots of spare time. I like to read and I’ve got a long list of books I want to curl up with.
I really enjoy cooking and although I’m not one to make New Year’s resolutions, this year the one I am making is to try a new recipe at least once a month. Bacon seems to be everyone’s new favorite food, so my first two new recipes are Peanut Butter and Bacon Blondies and Caramelized Onion and Bacon Dip.
Of course traveling and spending time with family and friends are always on the agenda.
I’m hoping to retire in a few years. Some volunteer opportunities that interest me are helping a child learn to read through RSVP, maybe getting back over to help out at the Bishop Center and giving some of my time to PAWS.
Any upcoming projects our readers should know about?
There are lots of projects in the works at Driftwood. In February/March of 2014 you will see our production of Full Frontal Nudity. April and May’s production is The Glass Menagerie and in July you can come see Love, Loss and What I Wore. Tickets are available at: City Center Drug and Top Food and Drug in Aberdeen; Harbor Drug in Hoquiam; Valu-Drug in Montesano and Dolores’ and Fay’s in Ocean Shores; and online at www.aberdeendriftwood.com.
Also, in May, Driftwood’s Children’s Theatre will be presenting Aladdin at Stevens Elementary.
In September 2014 we will have our Gala Champagne Opening with the presentation of Lost in Yonkers. We hold our Champagne Opener every two years to raise money for our Sustaining Fund. Over the years our donors have been more than generous. Just to name a few projects, the monies raised have put and kept a roof over our heads, helped maintain our building, and provided upgrades to the interior and equipment. The Gala is our way of saying thank you to our patron-donors.