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Terrific Moments: Scott Orr on The True Magic of the Alley

Scott Orr
Scott Orr


As a member of the Alley’s Individual Giving (IG) Committee (entering my fourth season doing so), I have had the opportunity to meet many generous patrons of the theatre in addition to members of the company and support staff. These wonderful people have made me truly feel “at home” there. This realization hadn’t come to my consciousness until a few weeks ago at a breakfast meeting.

I was introduced to Walter Ulrich by a mutual friend who thought we would enjoy meeting since we had common business interests and an affinity for the Alley. As our business conversation wound down that morning, I mentioned to Walter that I was aware he enjoyed going to the Alley Theatre. He then shared with me his and his wife’s love of the Alley and how they had not only been season subscribers, but financial supporters as well. Without much thought, I responded that “We” appreciated his support and all that he had done for “Us”. After my brief comment, I quickly reflected on my reflexive use of the words “We” and “Us”. I wondered if it was appropriate since I wasn’t on staff and certainly wasn’t an actor. It didn’t take but a second to think, “YES”! I am part of the “we” at the Alley. As I continue to process that thought, I’ve come to realize how much it is truly OUR Alley. The building, the employees and the actors being an important part but not the whole. The Alley is so much more than what I had historically thought. The Alley is you. It is me. It is us. The Alley is a family, and I am thankful to be a member…one of the US!