Poland theater director marks 100th performance Thursday


In the fall of 2001, Candy Fonagy stepped up to direct the Poland Players because there was no one else for the job.

“I thought, ‘Oh, it would be terrible to not let this go on,’” she said. “I took it for that reason.”

At the time, she had no idea she would reach the milestone she did with the opening of “Bye Bye Birdie” Thursday night: Directing 100 performances.

Over the course of 18 years, dozens of shows, and countless hours spent planning shows, hosting auditions, searching for costumes and props, leading rehearsals and directing performances, Fonagy’s passion for the role hasn’t wavered.

That’s because she loves “being part of this really significant time in these kids’ lives, as they’re coming into their own, as they’re doing something they love and growing exponentially in it.”

Read more about her and the students who love her in Friday's Vindicator or on Vindy.com.

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