Putting the Spotlight on Our Volunteers: Kathy Norris

April 19, 2017
Kathy Norris has been a dedicated volunteer with the North Carolina Theatre for six years. From painting sets to running our cast dinner, she's done it all. As part of National Volunteer Month we're putting the spotlight on several of our volunteers, including Kathy. To learn more about volunteer opportunities with NC Theatre click HERE.
Q: What are three action words that you feel best describe you?
A: Organizing; Doing; Singing
Q: Why did you decide to become a volunteer at NC Theatre?
A: I love live theater and I had been to several NC Theatre shows. I was lucky to be cast in an NC Theatre production in 1999 (Mrs. Paroo in THE MUSIC MAN). I wanted to be around more productions, if not in the cast, any way I could and Curtain Callers made that possible.
Q: What were some of your responsibilities as a volunteer?
A: I like to do anything that is connected with a show from taking bobby pins out of wigs to painting sets, working props or performing.  I’ve served as the president of the Off Main Street Players and as the treasurer of Curtain Callers.
Q: What do you do outside of volunteering?
A: I am retired now, but for many years I was a professional meeting and conference planner. First with an association management company and later with Blue Cross Blue Shield of NC and Cisco.
Q: What are your top 3 favorite shows that you have worked on?
A: Funniest was The FULL MONTY with Ira David Wood III and Sally Struthers. I really enjoyed keeping the green room stocked with snacks for ALWAYS…PATSY CLINE.  The show was terrific and I had the opportunity to have several conversations with Sally Struthers. The third has to be the cast dinner we just did for the cast and crew of JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR.  The show was amazing and the cast extremely talented.  
Q: What makes volunteering at NC THEATRE special?
A: The unique production arrangement NC Theatre has with Equity makes it so special.  It’s wonderful to be able to see and volunteer to help take care of professionals from NYC as well as talented local actors.  Add to that the opportunity for students of the NC Theatre Conservatory to work with both make this theater different from any I’ve worked with.
Q: Do you have any advice for someone who is considering becoming a NC Theatre volunteer?
A: Oh, yes!  Do it!  It’s such a fun group of folks who share a love for and an enjoyment of theater.
Q: What has been your favorite thing about volunteering at NC Theatre?
A: My favorite thing has been being with others who love live theater.  It’s wonderful to be part of a group with a shared love. From the NC Theatre staff, to the Curtain Caller volunteers, to the cast and crew members we get to meet. We all love theater.
Q: What do you consider to be some of the attributes of a great volunteer?
A: A great volunteer does it out of enthusiasm and love. A great volunteer doesn’t expect anything in return except the knowledge that you’ve helped in some way. I also read/record weekly at the N.C. Library for the Blind & Physically Handicapped.  With every session I know I’ve helped someone who isn’t able to read a magazine or book learn and enjoy the written word.  
Q: How has working closely with the arts benefitted you?
A: I continue to be uplifted by the creativity of everyone connected with a production and their giving spirit. From designing lights, blocking scenes, singing beautifully written music or saying funny lines, creativity lifts me up in ways nothing else does.