One of the most recognizable faces at Rabbit Run Theater has never graced the stage. Box Office Manager Suzzane Ryan has been greating patrons with her signature smile for the past fourteen seasons. "When I first started, I didn't think I'd ever remember anyone's name. Now I can tell you exactly where they prefer to sit!"
"It's amazing how close you get to people, even though the Box Office is only open seasonally," she explains. "It's such a kind and generous environment and creativity is the aura of the place." Suzzane feels that the best is yet to come. "The more you love something, the better it gets."
When Clay Fellows began to explore options for his Eagle Scout project, he felt very strongly that it should support Rabbit Run. "I had been to theater camps, worked backstage and my sister had been in several shows. Somehow I was always tied back to it." Throughout the 2013 theater season, he raised funds and worked with local businesses to create a permanent picnic pavilion on the grounds of Rabbit Run Theater.
Clay's hard work inspired support and collaboration throughout the community. He's pleased to see how his project has enhanced something he loves. "There are many places to go for entertainment. There's only one Rabbit Run."
With one a financial adviser and the other a karate instructor, Tom and Libby Hill have a wide variety of interests, but one thing is constant — their dedication to community service.
Giving back is something the couple, who both grew up in Painesville Township, grew up with.
Sometimes great joy is found in the midst of great loss. Adjusting to the cancer diagnosis that ultimately took his life, Kevin Lister told his wife, Maria, “I think God is telling me you need to get back into theater.” After ten years away from the stage, Maria began to act and direct for Rabbit Run Theater. “We were created to be creative and I believe the performing arts need to be cultivated and grown.”
Maria carries this mentality into all of her artistic pursuits, particularly those involving young people. “I encourage kids to support each other as they work toward the same goal” she explains. “I love being a part of a greater vision.”