A few weeks ago I headed up to Greenbelt, Maryland to see a musical dinner theatre performance of The Sound of Music. It was held at the MAD Theater which is actually a special interest club at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center devoted to the theatrical arts and supported by the Goddard Employees Welfare Association. My friend Jill was playing the role of the Baroness Elsa Schraeder.
So the directions had me going through rural Maryland and at one point making a left onto a dusty gravel road where I was greeted by a police officer.
Officer: Good evening. Can I help you?
Me: Uh, I am looking for the MAD Theater, we’re going to see a musical.
Officer: A musical?
Me: Yes, The Sound of Music.
Officer: Do you have a ticket or something?
Me: Yes sir…here you go (showing him the form I printed out).
Officer: Of course, just pull up about 100 feet and you can park anywhere you find parking. Enjoy the show.
I guess it’s due to security but he didn’t act like he knew anything about the show until I actually produced the ticket and then he let us in where we found a hundred other cars.
Anyway, it’s a really neat place and I enjoyed the show. The entire staff is volunteer and two of them were Gayle and Andrew. I actually met Andrew first as he was waiting on our table. “Oh I couldn’t accept your $10, I am volunteering,” he told me at first but then said, “but maybe my wife will do this!” He promised to talk to her and then sure enough came back with her a little bit later.
I asked them how long they had been married. “How long have we been married or how long have we been happily married,” Andrew shot back at me causing Gayle to roll her eyes and laugh. “28 years,” she said smiling.
Gayle is a travel agent and Andrew is a meteorologist. “If you want to go on a trip,” Andrew began, “I can give you the forecast and she can book the trip!” That’s a pretty good combination don’t you think? I gave each of them $5 so that they could each chose what they wanted to do with the money. Gayle said that she was going to donate her five bucks to the Prince George’s Little Theatre. I looked at Andrew and he just handed his money over to Gayle making it a ten-dollar donation.
They were quite busy so I let them get back to work. They were really nice and I am always happy to support community theatre!