Up to three times each year since 2005, the Delta/Greely community has been privileged to enjoy professional-quality stage plays at zero admission cost. This free community service has been a service of Delta Christian Drama Association, a not-for-profit group of dedicated arts-minded volunteers. George and Gaylene Hosier, founders of DCDA have been delighted to coordinate dozens of wholesome, family friendly shows, such as “Let Nary Youn’s Dismay”, the hilarious yet poignant hillbilly version of Dickens’ “Christmas Carol”. “The Carpenter’s Touch” with its elaborate 1760’s Wild West town set became an all-time favorite show…until upstaged by its sequel, “The Carpenter’s Return”.
Tana Wood, a long-time Delta resident who just recently moved away, once wrote:
“Quality actors, well delivered lines, wonderfully done sets and outstanding costumes….ALL FOR FREE!! If you have ever been a fan of live theater, you will more than appreciate what DCDA does. I have followed Little Theater performances in several States, in large cities and in small towns. DCDA performances stack up well against any of them. To make it even better, it is nearly all original material, written by a local Delta Junction talent. If you haven’t attended any of their twice yearly performances, try just one….you’ll be hooked.”
Entire families have established traditions around attending or participating in DCDA productions. As many Delta/Greely youth moved off to college, they took with them the treasured memories of the laughter, tears, suspense, thrills and tenderness that DCDA had provided throughout their formative years.
Now DCDA is at a crossroads. George (Playwright, Actor, Artistic Director, Producer, Lighting Coordinator, Public Relations Manager, Casting Supervisor etc.) and Gaylene (Wardrobe Manager, Actor, Production Manager, Stage Director, Sound and Music Coordinator, Set Designer, Artist, Graphic Designer, Carpenter, Properties Manager, Seamstress, etc.) are getting older. They are finding it more difficult to multitask while maintaining the same energy and focus they have historically demonstrated. In addition, there has been significant staff turnover as the years have moved on. Now DCDA must reevaluate its mission and resources to determine our future viability.
This is where you, the members of the community, come in. DCDA needs your participation and feedback. Do you want this tradition of performing arts to continue locally? If so, we need more than your attendance or your enthusiastic endorsement. Quite frankly, without a fresh core of the right caliber of volunteers, DCDA cannot continue in the manner that you have come to know and love.
Right now DCDA needs serious, committed people with skills to donate. This week. Today. Although DCDA could be casting very soon for the next production, we need much more than actors. DCDA is looking for quality permanent staff.
We need wise, mature decision-makers who can be counted on to attend monthly business meetings. We need managers who are comfortable tackling intimidating projects with inflexible deadlines. We need organizers. We need PR and media representatives. We need cooks, fundraisers, photographers, videographers, IT technicians, experienced seamstresses or tailors, artists, carpenters, cosmeticians, audio-visual technicians, writers, graphic arts designers, electricians, laborers, musicians, babysitters…
These skills must be made available for grueling months at a time without expectation of monetary compensation. You must be as dependable as a Swiss watch, scrupulously ethical, generously selfless and unflaggingly cheerful under significant stress loads. When you give your word, you need to keep it, even if it costs you personally. Above all, you must love people genuinely and trust God completely.
If you possess none of these skills or qualities, don’t despair. As long as you are honest, humble and willing to learn, we are willing to train you. In fact, we would be delighted to groom our own replacements so that when we grow too decrepit and senile to function any longer, Delta Junction’s theatrical community will continue to thrive. But commitment is paramount.
What will be your reward?
Memories you will cherish for a lifetime.
A massive lump in your throat during the roar of applause at the closing curtain of a show run.
Lots of crazy, crazy fun.
The wide-eyed awe of tiny fans.
The camaraderie of brotherhood among cast and crew forged in the crucible of an intense production process.
The tearful thanks of a senior citizen.
Experiences that will broaden, deepen and stretch you as a person in ways you never thought possible.
The satisfaction of giving to the community.
The smile of Heaven.
We wait to hear from you very soon. We can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org, or 907-895-5289. Don’t wait. Do it now.
Thank you for 8 great years, and we look forward to many more. God bless you all.
In Grace and Truth,