WHY WE LOVE NEW DAY
Words of Encouragement from our friends and supporters
I wanted to take a moment to tell you how much our family has benefited from the Page Robbins project. First of all, it is very important to my husband and me that our children have opportunities to serve others. This has been a wonderful way to bring the "theater" to people who might not otherwise have an opportunity to enjoy it. Secondly, I am so thankful that the training for the Page Robbins performances has been offered at no expense to the children who are participating. Due to our family circumstances, my children would probably not been able to participate this year if there had been a participation fee. I hope that the Page Robbins Players will continue for a second year. It has been a blessing to all those involved! Sincerely, Kathy June 2012
Katherine enjoyed her week at camp so much! We so appreciate your providing this opportunity for her to participate in a production. Lorraine Cotten did such a marvelous job! Thanks again, Laurie June 2012
Abbie absolutely loves New Day. She has enjoyed participating in camps, workshops and of course Willy Wonka. We will definitely be back for more. Thank you for providing such a wonderful, child centered theatre! Suzanne
I wanted to let u know I signed my 12yr old up for the camp as well. They had a BLAST the first day and can't wait to come back! Thanks so much for what you r doing! Liz
It’s a Brand New Day…
May 12, 2010 The thought of walking into a performing arts center and sitting for two hours watching a live show on stage scares me to death. I have avoided this and going to the movies for years. It is extremely uncomfortable for me because everyone is quiet and intent on watching the show while me…not so much. I am trying very hard to not disturb the people around me. In the past couple of years, I’ve been able to face this fear, thanks to my son, who has a love of acting and has been cast in a number of productions at New Day Children’s Theatre in Collierville, TN.
New Day Children’s Theatre has welcomed and embraced both me and my son. It is a pleasure working with the women who make this not-for-profit run smoothly and deliver a much needed theatre program to children. It is because of these women that I am able to walk in a theatre and watch a performance, because I know they have “got my back.” They know they are going to hear me, they know they will be asked about me and each one of them will stand proud and tall and talk about Tourette’s Syndrome.
These women also take the time to talk to their children, who are naturally curious, about Tourette’s. If it were not for these women, I would be unable to walk into this theatre and watch my son share his passion for acting with me.
The world can be a cruel place and for the most part does not welcome those individuals who are different. The best way for those who are different to cope is to take each day at a time, educate those around you and be yourself. The people who accept you as yourself will make themselves known through their actions.
These women, through their actions have created a space for me to be myself and to contribute as a valuable team member. They are examples for their children and teach them to accept everyone, despite their disability. What a great lesson for all. (Used with permission, Jenny McIlvain's Blog: www.whatmakesjennytic.com)