Saturday in downtown Knoxville

I love living close to downtown. It makes it easy to join in activities on the spur of the moment and then takes only minutes to be back home.

This past Saturday Theatre Knoxville Downtown (TKD) e-mailed that a work day was being held at the theatre to get ready for the next production, The Inspector Calls, a J.D. Priestly mystery.

At 10:00 a.m. I was rounding the corner from Broadway onto Magnolia when this sweater caught my eye. There was a lady standing there with the wet garment and, after parking, I walked over and talked to her. She had washed the sweater, either because of mud or coffee (the reason changed back and forth throughout the conversation), and hung it out dry. A church, where she helped out by keeping back people who were trouble or made too much noise, gave it to her.100_1188I took a picture of her with the sweater but she didn’t want her name given so I didn’t include that one. I wished her luck with it drying and headed into the theatre.

TKD is the longest continuously-operating, non-academic theater in Knoxville, now in its 39th season. Located at  319 N. Gay Street, its home since 2005, it is an intimate theatre setting which seats about 50.

Volunteers for this organization do it all when it comes to getting a production ready for showtime. There is painting the set and rounding up props and cleaning the bathrooms and getting out publicity.

Saturday morning the concentration was on painting the stage, building a bar (I think) and making a presentable archway.

Here is the happening action:100_1197

l to r, Windie Wilson, Board Treasurer, Kristi Lafasto, volunteer,and Board President Bonny Pendleton paint molding.

100_1193 l to r, yours truly, Freddi Birdwell, a volunteer as well as a performer in this production, and Emily Maples, a volunteer who started as a high school intern 10 years ago and is now a UT Theatre major.

l to r, Joe Jaynes,Vice President of TKD and master craftsman, Andrea Glass and Deja Lytle who are at UT taking Lab Theatre 100 100_1192

Below, R.L. Pope, known simply as “The Pope,” is a thinking volunteer.100_1190

The productions TKD and other small, non-profit theatre groups in Knoxville create are top-notch with quality actors. Support them with money and time and enjoy the intimate, quality entertainment they offer. TKD can be followed on Facebook or through their website, both Theatre Knoxville Downtown.

Part II of my Saturday downtown later…………….

Published by Judytwiga

I am a freelance writer and photographer who enjoys living close to the action in Knoxville, Tennessee. In the 1980s I created and published Zoo Connections, an international networking publication for non-animal zoo departments. Jobs over the years include working with the developmentally disabled, night front desk at a motel, assistant in development and membership at the NC Zoological Society, Customer Relations manager at Regal Entertainment Group, census enumerator, concessions at University of Tennessee, house cleaner, substitute teacher, sitter for children, houses, and pets. Freelance work at Knoxville News Sentinel and KnoxZine. Contributor to A Knoxville Christmas (2008,2007), and articles for the North Carolina Zoo website. Interested in anything except humorless people and politics. Enjoy reading, Scrabble, Catan, camping. I hold dear family (human and animal), friends, Kenya, Sunset Beach, NC and the Keys.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

%d bloggers like this: