My daughter, Kirsten, is currently in rehearsal for "The Secret Garden" musical at Light Opera Works in Evanston, Illinois. Last night, I received a text from Kirsten telling me that Light Opera Works used a picture of our ancestors, August and Louise Fredrick, in the design presentation for The Secret Garden. I was blown away.
August and Louise Fredrick are my great grandparents; Kirsten's great, great grandparents. Can you imagine sitting in rehearsal (or anywhere) and seeing your ancestors used for inspiration? Kirsten texted "What a random coincidence and a great example of how genealogy affects everything." I agree.
The design team for The Secret Garden must have found the picture online during their research as Kirsten was blown away as much as I was. The picture was used for costume inspiration for the characters of Ben, the gardener and Martha, the chambermaid.
When I attend one of Kirsten's productions, just as the lights go down I reflect on how proud I am of Kirsten and how hard she works as she follows her dream. This time, in addition, I will be remembering the inspiration for Ben and Martha and how genealogy and theatre collided for this one moment.