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    http://www.donnathomson.com/2012/09/...aregiving.html
    Theatre...my favourite subject!!!! xo Donna
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    ((((((Donna))))))

    Very interesting and unique concepts ~

    The Pleasure of Being seems more like performance art than a play to me. But it also seems like a therapy session! I could envision a spa for TLC such as this being quite successful. Let's open one!

    I'm still trying to figure out Private Dancer. Does the audience mill around outside of these illuminated "rooms" and ask the dancer if they can come into the room?

    I'm sure that I'd understand it better, if I could attend a performance!

    Thank you for sharing these creative endeavors with us.

    Love & Light,

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    Hi Rose, yes, I agree that the washing, touching piece is more like performance art and definitely material for Rose and Donna's spa where everyone gets full service including tube feeds!!!
    Honestly, I'm not sure how the Private Dancer gets going but the concept of a person with disability dancing for an audience of one in a private space is so intriguing to me - I would really love to see this. Janice Parker, the director, did tell me that sometimes if the dancer doesn't like the look of the audience member or their vibe, they will refuse to perform. I love that! It would be cool to visit and see an interesting show together. This past weekend, I saw a play with my husband about a man who had suffered a stroke and it reminded me so much of the speech patterns of my Dad before he passed away in 1975. So bittersweet. xoD
    Donna, Mum to Natalie (22), ablebodied, kind and beautiful and Nicholas(26), severe CP, non-verbal, tube fed, multiple surgeries, chronic pain, happy kid except when the Liverpool football club or the Ottawa Senators Hockey Team are losing!
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    ((((((Donna))))))

    Oh my dear, you've been without your dad here for such a long time. Bless your heart, I'm sure the play was bittersweet for you.

    It would be very cool to see an interesting play with you! And Private Dancer would be a good one for us to view too.

    Eons seem to have slipped by since I was last in a theater. The closest I get now is the Macy Thanksgiving Day Parade and the Tony Awards. I was trained and credentialed to teach Theater at the secondary level, but I never got the chance.

    So, shall we draw up some plans for the TLC spa? Ah ... the things I would do if I could do them ...

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    I'll get there one day, Rose and I'll make sure that I get some theatre tickets (if we can't go out, I'll rent the best new French movie to come out in a long time, The Intouchables - it's a film that is hilarious and sweet about a very wealthy man who is a wheelchair user and who hires a street thug to be his PA. They go on a road trip. Very funny and sweet film - I've just seen the trailers and seen the reviews, but it looks like a great one for us! Popcorn and champagne. xoD
    PS: I can't believe you trained to teach theatre in secondary - what a coincidence that we both have theatre education backgrounds!
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    ((((((Donna))))))

    My. B.S. in Education allowed me to offer a broad range of teaching areas including English, Theater, Journalism, Speech, Reading, and Literature. I was very blessed to receive an outstanding education from a great university, and I was raring to go, but my timing was poor, as teachers were being laid off when I returned to my home state. I ended up in the private sector just to earn a living (ha ha ha ... like that was a living ...). I even had advanced coursework in film. The things I could have done, if things had been different ... but I ended up doing exactly what I was placed on Earth to do! No regrets.

    In our jammies, watching a French movie, eating popcorn and drinking champagne ... I can only add ... chocolate!

    Love & Light,

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    Chocolate, of course - I'll bring truffles. :)
    Donna, Mum to Natalie (22), ablebodied, kind and beautiful and Nicholas(26), severe CP, non-verbal, tube fed, multiple surgeries, chronic pain, happy kid except when the Liverpool football club or the Ottawa Senators Hockey Team are losing!
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