It’s been several years since I have written anything here. Life has been busy. I returned to college full time to earn my degree in Arts Administration. I started working as the Drama Producer for Plainfield High School, directed 2 plays (one in 2018 and one in 2019), taught acting classes for young aspiring actors, produced Matilda the musical for McDuffee Music, produced many musicals at The Biz and have been the production assistant to the guest artist at the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestras Yuletide Celebration. We’ve traveled to New Mexico, Florida and Wisconsin. I have tried to see as many of my theater kids productions as possible. RD and I celebrated our 25th anniversary on December 31, 2019 and I will celebrate my 45th birthday this April.
The biggest and best thing that has happened is the birth and growth of The Melanie and Rosalie Albright Foundation. We awarded 2 full scholarships to pay for production fees for 2 young performers to be able to participate in a musical. We brought back Motorcycles for Melanie – a fundraiser we used when we were raising money for the girls lung transplant fund thru COTA. We have a website and a social media presence. We hosted another very successful Everything’s Coming Up Rosie Dinner and Silent Auction in January where we presented the 4th year of the Everything’s coming up Rosie Award and scholarship. I am currently in the planning/producing stages for a Summer Acting Camp and 2 summer plays all done under our foundation.
I’m in awe of the support we continue to receive from our family, friends and even people we don’t know well or maybe don’t know at all. Just last Sunday, Luca Padovan, a young actor, singer and dancer, made a very touching Instagram post where he paid honor to Rosie by blowing bubbles in her memory in Disney World. His words and actions touched my heart so deeply that it took me quite a while to compose myself so that I could properly respond.
Here is what he wrote –
“Hey everyone – I just wanted to take a moment to tell you about a brave girl named Rosie Albright (you can see her in the second slide all the way on the right). Rosie was an incredible young performer and a very brave girl. I got to meet her at JTF 2015. We talked for a little bit and she told me she had just received a new pair of lungs! She was so happy and excited to be at #JTF. I still remember that conversation today. I remember her masks were all Broadway themed too! She was fearless. Fast forward to last weekend at JTF 2020, where I met her mother and her friends from @thebizacademy, who were blowing bubbles all around the convention center. They told me that Rosie had passed away in 2016 and they blow bubbles every year at JTF in her memory. I got the chance to talk with her mother Aimee and I am in awe of her strength. I learned that Rosie’s older sister Melanie also passed away from the same disease. They’ve created a foundation in honor of the two girls called the @themrafoundation to help “breathe life into theatre” and help young people get involved with the arts (you can read more about the foundation and their story on their website). Her mother gave me a bottle of bubbles for my own, so I took them to Disney World with me. I’m not sure if Rosie had ever been to Disney before, but she was remembered in the Magic Kingdom that day. I have so much respect for the Albright family and I feel so grateful for the short time I got to spend with Rosie. Please donate if you can – link in @themrafoundation bio❤️”
Such amazing words from such a young man! What a great example of kindness. We need more of this in today’s world.
Now, dry your tears (I’m sure there was at least one) and go out and BE KIND!