Tragically, Stephen Hyers passed away recently. For many years, despite his battle with cancer, Stephen had continued to provide excellent leadership in the arts. I call upon my fellow Greensboro artists to support a nomination for Stephen Hyers to be awarded the 2015 O.Henry Award:
On the first day of auditions for the musical Bonnie & Clyde, I received a phone call that Stephen would be unable to attend, and I was asked to supervise until he could return. During an evening music rehearsal, we learned of Stephen's passing, and we sat together in a long silence as many of us wept.
Nonetheless, this cast came back to rehearse the next evening, and they recommitted themselves to producing a show that would exemplify the spirit of the program: passion, courage, community. The show sold out most performances, with standing ovations.
While most people were amazed by the sheer talent and energy of our performers, what I was amazed by was their sense of ensemble. When one was injured, they all rallied to his aid. When one was lost, they all guided him onstage. In the end, a show is only as good as the relationship between its players.
I thank the cast, crew and audiences of Bonnie & Clyde for their generous spirit, and I encourage everyone to support the mission of City Arts Drama Center.
In the news:
Greensboro News & Record article
Yes! Weekly article