"Audiences see only 40% of what goes on at Geva Theatre when they come to a performance," said Geva Theatre Center Creative Director Mark Cuddy, to a full room of residents and guests at a breakfast event held at St. John's Meadows yesterday morning. A follow up event to December's "A Marvelous Night at Geva," which featured a performance at Geva Theatre of "The Marvelous Wonderettes: Caps and Gowns" and a pre-performance reception, the talk focused on what goes on "behind the scenes" to produce a full calendar of theatrical performances including research and script writing, actor selection, stage production, rehearsing, and promotion.
Cuddy was generous with his time to enable residents and guests to get all their many questions answered. One guest's sentiment that "Geva is a community treasure" was echoed by many in the room. In addition to the talk, guests were treated to a full gorumet breakfast and were offered the opportunity to tour St. John's Meadows with current residents as hosts.
This "Breakfast with the Director" event was part of St. John's Embrace Living Series, which features a number of events offered in partnership with community organizations including Geva Theatre Center, the George Eastman Museum, Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Jewish Community Center. The series is offered by St. John's to those considering a move into a St. John's community in an effort to provide a first-hand look at how residents living here can "embrace life their way every day."