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TEXAS Condolences

Thanks to all our members and friends sending their thoughts to the company of TEXAS.  If you would like to add your sympathies, please go to Texas Tragedy.

My heartfelt sympathies to you all. Sending you love, light, peace and strength. Tara Lail, former Blue Jacket drama

My wife and I were very saddened to hear of the fatal accident that took five lives of members of the cast of TEXAS.  Please accept our deepest condolences for your loss.  This is indeed the greatest tragedy involving human life that has struck outdoor drama. Chris Moe, IOD Advisory Board

Our deepest condolences to you for this very tragic loss. Each day we are thankful to spend our time together practicing our craft. We cannot imagine your loss and how you will go on with the absence of these beautiful lives. We will pray (that’s what we do here at Notre Dame) for all of you to weather this tragedy and move on in your compatriots honorSincerely, Lynn, Melissa, Natalie, Linda, Samantha, Erin, Emily, Kathy, Michele, Deb, Liz, and Aimee (Notre Dame Summer Shakespeare Costume Shop)

We are all deeply saddened by the profound loss to the company of “Texas.” Our prayers are with the family and friends of each dear one departed. We send our sincere and heartfelt condolences at this most difficult of times. In Deepest Sympathy, Michelle Ligon, Chairwoman On behalf of the Board of Directors of the Southern Appalachian Historical Association; Staff, volunteers, cast and crew of “Horn in the West” and Hickory Ridge Living History Museum

My deepest condolences to you, the theatre family of those lost in the tragic accident. May you all find peace during this time of grief. Rachel Minick, Horn in the West Alumni

May the memories you shared as a company sustain you through this terrible loss.  Bronwyn Klaphaak, Oregon Shakespeare Festival

Dear hearts,
As an old outdoor drama actor years ago (and present member of the Institute), I remember how tight we were as a cast and crew in The Common Glory–like a real family. Please accept my condolences for your terrible loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
–John Shearin, Director
School of Theatre and Dance
East Carolina University

Thoughts and prayers are with the souls and families during times of deepest loss. These bright lives will always be a beacon in this world. Evelyn Asher, Horn in the West

Everyone here at Theatre West Virginia is deeply saddened by the tragedy you have just experienced. We understand that company members become “family” members and a closeness develops while working together that makes a situation like this even more difficult to deal with. Please know that Texas management and employees, and especially friends and loved ones of those lost, are in our hearts and prayers as you struggle to comprehend such a massive loss. God bless you all and give you strength! Gayle Bowling, Theatre West Virginia

So tragic and all of us who work on IOD Theatres and in Theatres throughout the nation mourn the loss of these artists. Jim Volz, Professor, California State University, Fullerton

So much love & heart felt condolences from Oregon. Will be playing with all of you in my heart. Rachel Warren, Oregon Shakespeare Festival and Trinity Repertory Company

To our dear family at TEXAS,
I too am weeping at your loss; although as I’m sure you know, it is a loss for all of us in the American Outdoor Drama family. This sad news has sent me to a poem I once read about the loss of another dancer. I hope you find some comfort in it, and that you perhaps may share it with others as you cope with this terrible loss.

Many Winters by Nancy Wood

All my life is a dance.
When I was young and feeling the earth, my steps were quick and easy.
The beat of the earth was so loud that my drum was silent beside it.
All of my life rolled out from my feet
Like my land which had no end as far as I could see.
The rhythm of my life was pure and free.
As I grew older my feet kept dancing so hard
That I wore a spot in the earth.
At the same time I made a hole in the sky.
I danced to the sun and the rain and the moon lifted me up
So that I could dance to the stars.
My head touched the clouds in the earth
So that I became the music I danced to everywhere
It was the music I danced to everywhere
I was the music of life.
Now my steps are slow and hard
And my body fails my spirit,
Yet my dance is still within me and
My song is the air I breath.
My song insists that I keep dancing forever.
My song insists that I keep rhythm
With all the earth and the sky.
My song insists that I will never die.

This to the memory of your . . . to our . . . departed family. We shall always remember them.
Scott Parker
Director Emeritus, The Institute of Outdoor Drama
Chapel Hill, NC 

Sympathy to the families of the deceased.
Prayers to the young man fighting for his life.
And strength and love to the TEXAS staff and cast, 
as you all struggle to cope with this terrible tragedy. 
The staff, cast and crew of Paul Green’s TRUMPET IN THE LAND (Margaret Bonamico)

 My heart goes out to you and the company and family members who have been touched by this tragedy. My condolences and prayers to all. Wilma Bonet, Oregon Shakespeare Festival

 All of us here at The Lost Colony are thinking of each of you. Brandon Smith, The Lost Colony

Our thoughts and Prayers go out to all of the company members at TEXAS. Please know your are in our thoughts as we walk on our stage tonight and our footprints are there for you.  Julie A Richardson-Artistic Director, Horn in the West

In this time of tragedy and loss, we wish you peace, solace and comfort in this time of loss. Hold those you love close.  Several of us in our company are friends with Tim Johnson and we send him all healing energy and love. This world needs his smiling face.  Brian Allard, Original Practice Shakespeare Festival

Know that our hearts fly out to your company, the friends and family members that now must grieve the loss of our fellow theater artists. The sum of all our parts, we will dedicate to our prayers, good thoughts and positive energies in hopes they may help with the healing of the survivor as well as to the strengthening of those who now suffer as a result of this tragedy.  Tyson Douglas Rand, The Cleveland Shakespeare Festival 

Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. Maragaret Elder, The Stephen Foster Story

Our heart felt condolences go out to all of the families that have suffered this tremendous loss. We are involved in dance with Julian and Andrew and Clint at Lone Star Ballet. Each and everyone of these amazing dancers and men were such a joy to work with on each performance. Andrew was especially close to Abby and she will miss having him at rehearsals singing Celine Dion and other songs..they were so funny together. Shelby and Clint danced together for a couple of years in Cinderella and The Nutcracker. We love you all and will miss you. With each and every dance step on stage we will think of you all. God bless the wonderful families that raised these Amazing young men.   Dorinda Shelby and Abby Rhodes

Heartfelt condolences to your theater family from ours in this time of horrific sadness. We understand that a theater family is very close knit and we cannot imagine the pain you must be suffering. Know that our thoughts and prayers are with each and every one who is affected by this tragedy.  Judith Wooten, The Aracoma Story, Inc.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to all of the families touched by this devastating tragedy. Fred Adams, Utah Shakespeare Festival

Our sincere sympathy to the Company of “Texas” and may those wonderful actors live on in your hearts and memories. They will be honored “as the show must go on.” Honus and Debby Shain and the cast of Pine Knob Theatre

I know how close you all become each year. Losing a family is very difficult. Our prayers and love to you all The Mercer and Carmody families