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Kenneth Anderson

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November 16, 2013
Ken was responsible for my landing more than one great role in community theatre and I am forever grateful to him for that. He saw in me the potential that others did not. I especially remember his admonition before the curtain went up--Make sure to tell the greatest story you can tell-- I'm so sorry to his family for their great loss. My husband met him just a few years ago at the YMCA and they would talk about my theatre experience. He sent me a DVD of "The King and I" just a few months ago and I loved him for that, as that was the biggest role I had for him. I will never forget him.
November 04, 2013
Just learned of Ken's passing yesterday from my sister. He lured me into drama (The Tinder Box) as a freshman in 1958 teaching became something of a role model for the rest of my life. He demonstrated a passion for excellence that has continued to inspire me all my life. Our high school musicals were memorable: Mikado, Damn Yankees, Where's Charley, punctuated by summer productions in the "Early Riverside" era: Pinafore, My Fair Lady, The Music man. These productions filled my life for four years, and gave me, a practicing physicist, a lifelong interest in the performing arts. Thank you, Ken.
October 27, 2013
May your hearts soon be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as you celebrate a life well lived.
October 26, 2013
An absolute pleasure to have worked with Ken. My heart goes out to his children.
October 26, 2013
Jim and family-sorry for the loss of your dad.
October 25, 2013
My sincere condolences to Ken's family. Ken's passing marks an end to yet another great era in the fox Cities. Ken belonged to the theatre as it was his life work. Ken will always have the respect and gratitude of so many of us in the arts. As sad as his passing might be, the art he created will always live on.
October 23, 2013
I moved to Appleton in late Dec. 1975 when I married . Shortly after I arrived, I learned that for local performers in the community Ken Anderson was a very important name to know. Ultimately I wound up working with him in several productions, among them, Fiorello, Kismet and several Gilbert and Sullivan Reviews. There was no greater fan of musical theatre than Ken and his enjoyment and appreciation of many of the classic shows never diminished despite numerous productions he presented of the same work, especially of those timeless G & S masterpieces Pirates or Pinafore. As a speaker Ken delighted in telling stories and would keep audiences rapt with his tales of the theatre mishaps he knew by the dozens. Ken was a delightful, warm presence who enjoyed people and they returned the feeling. The Fox Valley is a better place for Ken's presence among us.
Carol Jegen
October 23, 2013
My condolences to Ken's family. Though grief of loss is painful, I hope you find comfort knowing Ken was beloved by so many people. Ken was a consummate professional in theatre and voice. In 1998, he narrated the first show created by the Barlow Planetarium at UWFox. Ken's magnificent voice was absolutely perfect for our production, “The Halloween Show.” In fact, Ken's work was so impressive that I reworked the show, reusing Ken's narration parts, for many years. I treasure the memories, and I will continue to treasure my copy of “Andersen's Wonder Stories,” narrated by Ken Anderson.
October 23, 2013
So sorry for the loss of your Father and so soon after your Mother. Your Father definitely stood out in the community and touched many lifes.
Prayers to your whole family.
Diane (Safford) Richardson
October 23, 2013
Warm beer in the office while he typed up the grief sheet, dittoed then hung them all over the backstage and hall. Good memories. The Wisconsin premiere of Evita. Oliver. King and I. Spoon River. Luv. They're Playing Our Song when the power goes out because some vermin got into the sub-station. Telling the story better than it's ever been told. We'll continue the legacy, Ken.

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