April is National Volunteer Month. It’s a time dedicated to honoring all the volunteers in our communities as well as encouraging volunteerism throughout the month. To celebrate, each week this month we’ll be spotlighting some of our amazing volunteers at North Carolina Theatre. Learn more about volunteer opportunities at NC Theatre.
Lorraine Shaleesh has been a volunteer with North Carolina Theatre for almost 25 years. During that time she’s done everything from greeting patrons to merchandise sales to tending bar at our Backer’s Club.
Q: How long have you lived in NC?
A: This coming July we will have lived in North Carolina 38 years! We, (my husband, son and daughter), moved to Cary, when there were less than 30 thousand people living there – it’s nearly quadrupled. We moved from NYC. It was quite a change, but I loved it from the beginning.
Q: What do you like to do outside of volunteering with NC Theatre?
A: Having taught elementary school in New York I decided it was time for life after teaching. Was that possible? Yes! It's been wonderful. I volunteer with groups I enjoy - including, NC Museum of Art (25 years), Carolina Ballet, Dress for Success, Town of Cary, and some church activities. I go to the gym 4 times a week and love Zumba and kickboxing. I am usually found in the yard pulling up weeds and such. I really enjoy reading, taking walks and talking to people. I work part time at Soma – and do enjoy it! Aside from these activities my great passion is traveling – mostly abroad – it’s just wonderful!
Q: What are 3 action words that you feel best describe you?
A: I would say go, do, be!
Q: Why did you decide to become a volunteer at NC Theatre?
A: I initially met De Ann, who was president then, who asked if I wanted to get involved as a Curtain Caller. That was nearly 25 years ago. Everyone was delightful – all loved theater, and most were there because their children were part of the Conservatory. Not me. I just love theater.
Q: What are your favorite shows that you have worked on?
A: I particularly thought Beauty and the Beast, in 1993, West Side Story, and Les Misérables were some of the outstanding productions.
Q: What makes volunteering at NC Theatre special?
A: Aside from the productions the best thing about being involved is the other volunteers I work with. A very neat group of folks!
Q: Do you have any advice for someone who is considering becoming a NC Theatre volunteer?
A: If you are considering becoming a part of Curtain Callers, no need to hesitate. You will not regret your decision. If you love theater and people you are set.
Q: What has been your favorite thing about volunteering at NC Theatre?
A: Of course being able to see the performances is the best perk!
Q: How has working closely with the arts benefitted you?
A: Being involved with the arts and people is life sustaining for me! It's a joy for me to just interact!
Q: Why are volunteers for the arts important?
A: The arts cannot survive without the many volunteers who support it by being a part of it. I have thoroughly enjoyed life in North Carolina and it's due to getting involved with what I love. Go for it!