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think you have to bring a message to the audience that says, ‘It’s a wonderful life,’ because if you think about it, it really is. Count your blessings.” He also purposely keeps ticket prices low — general admission is $23 — to make it easier for anyone to attend. “The one thing I do know is that everyone works hard to earn money for shelter and to feed themselves,” Don says. “That takes care of the body. What we do at the theater is feed the soul. It gets creativity moving inside of you, and that’s valuable because if everyone is just filling out timecards and making checklists, nobody is thinking. It turns us into robots. By inviting audiences in, it’s a vote for more creativity in our community at a time when it’s really needed.” Don also believes in the value of immersing youth in the arts. Once a year, the theater puts on a production with young actors, ages 12–18. This year, it’s “Beauty and the Beast.” Additionally, during the month of June the theater runs a camp for kids ages 10–14, and this summer’s planned production for the campers to take on is “Seussical.” Whether creating for worldwide or local audiences, for big screen or small stage, Don’s storytelling abilities give audiences the gift of thought and an opportunity to learn something new, not only about the world around them but also about themselves. “I think stories can help someone get back home,” Don says. “I feel satisfied if I can get someone to an upper level where they’re thinking about the bigger picture. It’s certainly not just about putting on a movie or a show.” No one could doubt that for Don, the meaning of the story runs much deeper. And so, he’ll keep performing, keep creating and keep inspiring his audiences to all live happily ever after. donbluthfrontrowtheatre.com

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Images Arizona: Grayhawk February 2015 Issue  

February 2015 Issue. Local magazine distributed to Grayhawk, DC Ranch, and North Scottsdale.

Images Arizona: Grayhawk February 2015 Issue  

February 2015 Issue. Local magazine distributed to Grayhawk, DC Ranch, and North Scottsdale.

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