Shining the Spotlight on Volunteer Sharon Pierce

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At any given show at Winston-Salem Theatre Alliance, you are likely to catch a glimpse of Sharon Pierce scurrying around behind the scenes or helping you find your seat.  There is no volunteer opportunity to big or too small for Sharon. She will help load in sets, paint, vacuum, clean the dressing room, empty the trash and, well, you get the picture.

Sharon is  native of the suburbs of Philadelphia, Pa. (and has been known to miss a show to watch her beloved Phillies play a game), but has been in the Triad since 1995, most recently settled in Colfax with her husband John and two dogs, just up the driveway from grandkids.  She still works part-time as Office Manager for Triad Treatment Home, Inc., a therapeutic foster care agency in Greensboro, but really looks forward to her time when she is helping out at Theatre Alliance.

Her love of theatre began as a child when she would listen to Rodgers and Hammerstein records and go to see musicals like My Fair Lady on the big screen. She was in her first play, “The Music Man,” while a student at Villa Maria High School in Berwyn, Pa. She put her passion aside once marriage and kids took over most of her time, but never gave up singing and even put herself through graduate school by hiring herself out as a singer for weddings and funerals. She also instilled her love of musical theatre in her son Jason and daughter Jaye by playing records of her favorite shows whenever possible. Jason and Jaye began acting in middle and high school and never stopped, still performing regularly to this day.

A few years ago Sharon started volunteering at Theatre Alliance where Jaye was very involved and was in
her first production since high school, the musical “Violet.”   Since then she has been in productions at other local theatres as well, but finds her home at Theatre Alliance, with her favorite job there being spotlight operator.  She was also thrilled to be able to be in a production of “The Sound of Music,” both with Jaye and grandson Zac.

She is known for throwing herself 100% into whatever task is handed to her, from organizing playbills and cleaning bathrooms, to helping set props for any given scene. She is a dedicated House Manager at the theatre and has become the person used to train new volunteers in that role. For the times when Theatre Alliance produces a show at the SECCA venue, Sharon is called upon to be in charge of the front of house there because of her organizational skills and dependability.  She recently participated in auditions at Theatre Alliance and will next be seen in the musical staged reading of “The Last Supper” in 2017.

If you are interested in joining Sharon in volunteering at Winston Salem Theatre Alliance, please contact Jaye Pierce at jayempierce@nullgmail.com. For more information about Theatre Alliance, visit WSTheatreAlliance.org.

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