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Exploring the world of imagination

Drama club brings classic radio comedy sketches to life

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December 19th, 2014
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Dee Cvetko’s lifelong affinity for the theater has carried her from the stage to the director’s chair.

The Springs resident recently directed three mini plays based on classic radio programs. Twelve members of the community’s drama club brought to life Abbott and Costello, The Bickersons, and a comedy sketch called “Let me tell you about my operation.”

“We had so much fun performing in the Hillcrest Clubhouse for other residents,” says Dee. “The radio sketches generated a lot of laughs.”

Lifelong love of theater

Dee’s love of the arts can be traced back to her childhood.

“I used to play make-believe with my dolls,” says Dee. “I’d pretend they were different characters and put on little plays.”

Originally from Marshall, Tex., Dee’s family moved to Louisiana when she was young.

“I joined the drama club at my high school in Baton Rouge and then went on to join the theater group at Louisiana State University,” says Dee. “One of my most memorable roles at LSU was Sabrina in Sabrina Fair.”

Dee graduated with a degree in education and applied to teach speech and drama at the high school level.

“I found that speech and drama jobs are hard to come by,” says Dee. “More often than not, I ended up teaching social studies or English.”

But theater was never far from her thoughts.

At one time, Dee lived in Bermuda and learned the American school there was planning a production of Our Town by Thornton Wilder.

“I volunteered to help with the play,” says Dee. “Theater has a way of getting in your blood. I love to help people develop a character and carry it through until the audience believes they are the character.”

Sharing her talents

Now that Dee is back in the director’s seat, she’s grateful for the opportunity to pursue her passion.

“My husband Ed and I moved to Highland Springs in February 2014,” says Dee. “I learned about the drama club after we moved in and knew it was the perfect club for me.”

Working on the radio sketches drew Dee back in time, before television sets became popular.

“A radio program differs from a play because you don’t have to worry with blocking scenes and managing lots of props,” says Dee. “It allows the actors to develop characters with their voices and facial expressions.”

In addition to her work with the drama club, Dee also enjoys performances at area theaters.

“Ed and I enjoy going out to plays, and it is so easy to do now,” she says. “We have season tickets to the Lyric Stage in Irving, and Highland Springs takes care of the transportation. We don’t have to worry about parking or getting stuck in traffic. It makes the evening that much more enjoyable.”

More than 100 clubs and activities

For Dee, immersing herself in theatrical performances is a sweet addition to her life at Highland Springs.

“Ed and I looked at several retirement communities in the area, but we found that the atmosphere at Highland Springs was friendlier and warmer than anywhere else,” says Dee. “Now that we’ve settled in, we’re finding so many things to love about the community.”

The drama club is one of the more than 100 resident-run clubs and activities at Highland Springs.

“Often a resident who has a particular interest in a certain hobby or activity will start a club,” says Community Resource Coordinator Barbara Blachly. “From bocce ball to quilting to acting, we’ve got something for everyone.”