Words. No matter what language they are spoken in, they possess power. They can encourage, uplift, state facts, spew useless information, cut to the quick, destroy. They can have more than one meaning depending on the spelling or definition or simply the tone in which they are spoken. Again, words possess power. As a playwright words are my tool, my vehicle I use to drive my message to the audience. When writing a script, even the slightest change of a few words can alter the story. I'm forever saying to my actors, please learn your lines as they are written, they were written that way for a purpose. Words are vital to life. The fact that we are all here on this earth was the result of words being spoken. Words, they possess power, power we don't give them credit for. When we launched Enchanted Theatre Company four years ago, we knew what type of atmosphere we wanted to create. What words would we choose to encapsulate all we wanted to express? It was a given that the word “theatre” need be present, to ensure patrons would know what our business was about. We chose “company” to create a sense of community, for those who are our dear guests and those who have found solace in volunteering here. The third word was up for much discussion. Jessica and I are of a romantic old world mind set and thought the word “enchanted” was most delightful. We even looked it up in the dictionary (yes it was an actual book, not online) The definition was of a very pleasing result. Enchant: to fill someone with delight. That's exactly what we wanted to do with our theatre! To fill all those who graced our threshold with delight. Enchanted Theatre Company. Perfect. Or so we thought. Words have power. We began to observe very quickly on, that some took an adverse reaction to our beloved word “Enchanted”. Witches, warlocks and wizards are enchanted, pirates and fairies can be enchanted. Darkness can be enchanted. Comments would be made to us, implying we were of that very darkness. We would politely explain that was never our intentions but as the years went on we realized an opinion had been formed about us, all because of one word, enchanted. This past summer we realized we needed to give up our word, because what it meant to us had changed. We decided we needed to go in the exact opposite direction of darkness so there would be no confusion on anyone's part. We want to be light. Kingdom Things Theatre. We are both excited for the name change and it has encouraged and refreshed us. We look forward to unveiling it to the community.
Have a kingdom kind of day.
Kim & Jessica