Reprinted from the program for END DAYS by Deborah Zoe Laufer, July 2011

It has been ten years since I have started coming here to the Spring Garden Mill, and I can honestly say I would not be doing what I do if it was not for this group.

When I first arrived, I was a novice to the theatre world, a bio geek at heart, who loved the stage. My first show here was dirtyBLONDE, and I remember feeling as I came out of the theatre that there was something special here, and that I had to start volunteering.

It started off small, ushering, helping with set construction, until I was asked to help assistant stage manage one of their shows Anton in Show Business.  I had never done anything like that before, and was surprised and relieved at how helpful everyone was. I was asked to run lights, again not knowing a thing about them, and again through the kindness of their hearts, the Players showed me the ropes on that too.

I think that is why I love this theatre more than any other, because of the way you get treated and everyone’s willingness to help others learn and grow as an actor, director, stage manager and person. You don’t have to be some creative genius, just a person who loves the arts and who is willing to learn.  And through this group I found a passion I never knew existed. It’s been ten years and in the fall I will be starting school for my Masters in Stage Management at Rutgers University. I never would have found this if not for the people of Spring Garden Mill, and I hope once school is over, I can return for another ten years.