“Everyone deserves a shining moment. Ours was a dandy.” So said Jeff Kuehl about the Front and Center Players of Decatur County.
They certainly didn’t disappoint anyone in the audience of this year’s variety show. The performers’ joy was contagious. The story in the Daily News covered it all but Ginny Garvey and I were so impressed a few more words won’t hurt.
Over the years you’ve probably seen Jeff Kuehl play James Whitcomb Riley or Carl Fisher or in one of the roles he’s played on the stage but did you ever see a variety show that he has directed? When Ginny and I saw Jeff at the Chautauqua he told us about directing the Arc of Decatur County Variety Show to be held at the First Baptist Church the following Monday. We decided to attend because we’d both heard that this group was doing great things to support individuals with some hurdles to overcome in order to achieve goals and lead productive lives.
It’s a dynamic group of parents and family members, the Arc of Decatur County, the staff of DSI, friends and the performers. In fact, the program manager of DSI’s Decatur County Day Program Jennie Maddux recently received the Cathleen Clark Professional Service Award at the Arc of Indiana which is a non-profit organization that gives support and information to those with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families.
Jeff said, “Anyone who takes on the job of directing a variety show knows that there are always barriers to overcome. There are several challenges. Not everyone makes it to rehearsal. Sometimes performers aren’t ready for rehearsal or are not in the mood to put it all together. You could tell that we had many ideas, because the show had so many pieces.”