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    My Past is Catching Up with Me Again

    So I'm on the Internet the other day like I am most every day. And I get a surprise Email from a gentleman who had seen a photograph of me from a touring company I was with in 1982.

    The company was called Artreach with the "Art" standing for American Repertory Theater Company.

    After doing a quick search on Google and typing in "Caroga Lake," my Web site popped up and subsequently led him to my Email address. We had a flurry of Emails back and forth and it led me ultimately to the artistic director of the Company, Kathryn Schultz Miller.

    She and I had several Emails go back and forth reliving old times. She ultimately led me to one of my cast-mates, Tracey.

    There were four cast members in our acting troupe and we were based in Cincinnati, Ohio. We primarily toured Indiana, Ohio and Illinois in elementary school performing for children as we were a children's theater company.

    This was my first acting job and I left college at Indiana University to be a part of this acting troupe. It was a blast traveling around in a white van with "Artreach" on the side of the van in big letters.

    In Emailing back and forth with Tracey I was reminded of some hilarious acting moments I had forgotten about from back then.

    One such moment that comes to mind happened after we were talking with the children and I had to run off stage with an upset stomach.

    From that time period I remember my roommate who was part of the reserve cast who performed the same shows on a part time basis. Her name was Susan Martin and I'll try to get in touch with her again as well.

    It's funny, but as I think back I can't remember any details of the touring, even though I was living my dream by acting full time and even being paid for it. I do remember it wasn't a great amount of money because I had to supplement my income with a job waiteressing at a restaurant called Flannigan's Landing, wading through packed crowds with a heavy tray of cocktails over my head.

    We did a lot of driving with a lot of stops at different schools and I think the furthest west we got was Minneapolis.

    In the 1980s, Cincinnati was a very reasonable place to live. I remember renting a house and my share was $125 a month with utilities included.

    I only had a contract for a year with Artreach and from there I moved back to Cleveland and then eventually New York City.

    These memories are great and I love reconnecting with old friends.

    Kathryn Spira, a native of Cleveland who pursued an acting career in NYC and Los Angeles, now pursues free lance writing from Caroga Lake in Fulton County. Previous columns may be accessed at her web site www.kathrynskorner.com