As I remember him . . .
The year was 1955 – the place was The American Shakespeare Theater in Stratford, Connecticut. I was 13 years old and I loved the theater. I spent most of my days there during summer vacation doing various chores as the theater was being readied for opening night. There was much hustle and bustle going on with carpenters doing finishing work, actors/actresses rehearsing, costumes being made, and the box office trying to keep up with ticket sales. I loved the excitement of it all. One of my fondest memories was sitting ‘neath the beautiful trees rehearsing lines with many of the actors including Christopher Plummer for his role as Mark Antony in "Julius Caesar" and Ferdinand in "The Tempest". He was 26 years old and always the perfect gentleman. At my age, I was too young to be in awe of him so when I had to correct him if he slipped up on his lines I didn’t hesitate. He would laugh and say “good catch” and I would read him the correct line and we would start over again. I can still hear his infectious laughter. I never saw him again, in person, after that momentous summer but as I watch him on screen, particularly in "The Sound Of Music", the memories of those wonderful summer afternoons under the trees come rushing back.
Precious memories . . . how they linger. ❤
Thanks for the memories, Mr. Plummer. Rest well.
To the Family ~ My thoughts and prayers are with you all. Through your sorrow, may the "peace that passes all understanding" and all of your precious memories bring you much comfort.