By Brandon Bryan, STS Master of Stage
I moved back to Fayetteville, the city of my youth, almost six years ago. Since then, I’ve worked for and sampled most of the theaters in Fayetteville. All of them are wonderful, but there is one that stands apart from all the rest.
Sweet Tea Shakespeare doesn’t try to be better than other theaters. We don’t try to out-do anyone or compete with anyone. Before I joined this amazing troupe, I witnessed their dedication not only to the art, but also to the community.
Sweet Tea Shakespeare has since accepted me into the fold, and I truly feel like I belong here. It makes me happier than even Shakespeare could describe to work with others who share in the ideal that art is about love and giving. We love this community, and we enjoy being able to give back to it in the form of quality entertainment. This company has become a home for that kind of community service, and for my single self, I am prouder than I have ever been to serve this community with Sweet Tea Shakespeare.
More exciting still is the fact that STS is still young, with a lot of room to grow. After seeing two productions as an audience member and participating as an actor in three, I can vouch for the wonderful potential that this company of players possesses. As we continue to give to our community, I am humbled at the amount that our community reciprocates. We are only able to do what we love as a direct result of the city to which we owe our origin. I see, during each production, company members and volunteers alike come together to achieve wonder and magic the likes of which I have never witnessed nor heard tell of from any theater.
The symbiosis of Sweet Tea Shakespeare and our community is truly what sets us apart, for we are our community. I consider myself lucky to be able to be an active part of this family, and I’m positively delighted to be able to share these experiences with the community to which I also owe so much.