“To live will be an awfully big adventure.” –J.M. Barrie, Peter Pan
One of the things that inspires me the most is to see people using their abilities and experiences to make a positive difference in the world. Cathy Rigby, Olympic legend, Tony award nominee, producer, director, and spokesperson for Discovery Arts is one such person.
Rigby took on the iconic role of Peter Pan who represents “youth, joy and liberty” back in 1974 and filmed a recording of the on stage performance that was released in 2000. Whenever I was sick or needed a burst of inspiration I would watch the video of Rigby zooming across the stage making the flying look effortless. Watch the recording here.
At the age of sixty the flying and acrobatic tricks are just as mesmerizing. Rigby revived the production and I had the pleasure to see it live at her home theater, La Mirada Theater for the Performing Arts, in June and at the Pantages in January. Currently, the production continues on its tour with Rigby bringing merriment and pixie dust wherever she goes.
However, it is just not merriment or pixie dust that she brings but her giving heart. After the end of her performance at the Pantages she graciously gave up her time to sign posters with proceeds going to Discovery Arts, take pictures and do a short meet and greet in costume.
Discovery Arts, a 501(c)(3)non-profit, focuses on giving hospital treated children a chance to experience joy and healing through the arts. The organization understands the potential loss of hope, physical abilities and social interaction for a child battling a critical illness whether it is cancer or a blood disorder. The appropriately named “Arts Adventures” illuminates the power of releasing creativity in a safe environment. All programs partnered with hospitals are free of charge.
Whenever I am down, I love how the performing art is my imaginative escape where anything is possible. Rigby and Discovery Arts have tapped into the magic that I know artists and anyone who loves stories can relate to. For more information about Discovery Arts and how you can get involved please visit their website.
Thank you Cathy Rigby for being a shining inspiration!