2017 Volunteer of the Year - Carol Doolittle
Carol came to BCT after seeing several of our plays and deciding she’d love to be on stage. Her first performance was as Bitsy in The Red Velvet Cake War. At that point she first learned about the mechanics of putting on a theater production: set design and building, blocking, props, makeup, costume parades, tech and dress rehearsals, and striking the stage.
Her love of sewing led her to be the costume head for our production of Annie in 2016. But due to scheduling conflicts with New York our play had to be changed to Shrek! The Musical. Though the costuming would be completely different, Carol accepted the challenge. She quickly honed her research, design, alteration and crafting skills to dress fairy tale characters of all sizes: including the production of multiple yarn wigs, and a break-away dress for a 6’5” man! Once the show hit our stage her costumes brought rave reviews from both cast members and patrons. Since then she’s tried her hand at several other production jobs. These include assistant director, props manager (hand carved foam Rock Cornish game hens!), stage manager, set dresser and stage hand. Carol also serves on BCT’s Script Reading and Costume committees and enjoys performing onstage.
When not playing a role in a BCT production Carol enjoys gardening (of both vegetables and flowers), sewing, experimenting in the kitchen and traveling. She has been married to her husband, Jim, for almost 35 years. They have two grown children, Aaron and Claire. Carol spends her work hours at Avera Medical Group Brookings where she collects and tests lab specimens.
When asked her definition of a successful show, Carol replied, “A show that is fun to put on, provides a challenge or learning experience for those involved, and entertains the audience while not breaking the bank.” We couldn’t have said it better! Thanks for everything you do Carol!