Editorial: Resilient community triumph

Jul. 19, 2014 @ 11:26 PM

Resilience is prevailing. There are a lot of things happening in our community, whether the timeline is measured by days, weeks, months or years.

But resilience is winning. How else to describe the strong efforts of so many for the greater good of all?

We need some wins. Losses, it seems, are easily seen and will pile up if we let them. Pessimistic views do that. So, too, will the act of complaining first rather than becoming part of a solution.

Complaining would have been the easy part of the latest chapter of our community getting challenged. More than four decades ago, a theater group formed under the umbrella of the recreation department. And a few presidents, wars and economic recessions later, guess who still pulls the curtain each summer?

The names and faces change. The quality doesn’t. The crowds keep coming, too.

Busy as we are from start to finish of the 15-week sprint between Memorial Day and Labor Day, productions by the Rec Players have remained a staple of what happens in Henderson during the summer. Visitors swarm to the lake, Interstate 85 traffic swells, and we get the chance to see talent of all ages.

The cool part is it is our neighbors. They are the crew, the talent and the audience. And if one person in a family has been on the stage or behind it helping, there’s a good chance another has as well.

Community events involving generations are awful hard to kill off.

Yet, a quirk in the 2013 law known as E-Verify nearly did just that. That wasn’t the intent of the law, to have community theater groups jump through hoops just to put on an annual summer play.

But some of the best theater from politicians often involves the surprise ending.

Fortunately, the Rec Players not only have strong support, but those folks also are pretty darn intelligent, too. So they rewrote the script. And the Rec Players and their supporters executed a plan and put into motion a fix for the future.

Yogi Berra said, “It ain’t over till the fat lady sings.” With her dressing room occupied, good talent in their own right, she didn’t even warm up in Henderson.

The show did go on, and our resilient community won another day.