We continue our celebration of National Volunteer Month with a spotlight on curtain caller, Tracy Chandler.
Photo: Tracy Chandler, 2015 Curtain Caller of the Year with previous winners (L to R): Jim Flaherty (2012), Kathy Norris (2014) and Danalouise Chapman (2011).
Q: How long have you lived in NC?
A: 26 years. I used to live in Upstate New York
Q: Do you have any hobbies?
A: Writing, cooking and traveling
Q: What are 3 action verbs that you feel best describe you?
A: Conscientious, helpful, and loyal
Q: How long have you been volunteering with NC Theatre?
A: I think it has been three years.
Q: Why did you decide to become a volunteer at NC Theatre?
A: Well, at the time I was just looking for a way to give back.
Q: What were some of your responsibilities as a volunteer?
A: I have helped out in the Backers Club, setting up the coffee, pouring drinks, cleaning tables. I have also greeted people at the door and helped answer questions when they needed it and I have helped with the merchandise.
Q: What do you do outside of volunteering?
A: I work full time and go to school three days a week. I also take care of my kids, my granddaughter, and my mother.
Q: What are your top three favorite shows that you have worked on?
A: LES MISÉRABLES, MARY POPPINS and THE LITTLE MERMAID
Q: What makes volunteering at NC Theatre special?
A: I enjoy coming here and seeing the people. Not just the other volunteers and the people that work at the theater but I love to see the diversity that the theater brings in.
Q: Do you have any advice for someone who is considering becoming a NC Theatre volunteer?
A: Just do it. It's a wonderful thing and be open to doing anything.
Q: What has been your favorite thing about volunteering at NC Theatre?
A: The people and the friendships I have made through volunteering. It's a magnificent group of people, from the actors to the volunteers.
Q: How has working closely with the arts benefitted you?
A: It has given me great pleasure and even shown me that I have interests in things I didn't know I did.
Q: Why are volunteers for the arts important?
A: With the government constantly trying to cut funding to the arts volunteers are extremely important. For some people the arts are the only way for them to express themselves, let off steam, come unwound and we need to make sure that they can continue to do that. I feel that it is our responsibility.