The Actress


She graduated from The Theater School in Chicago, winning Best Actress in her Junior and Senior years. She would go on to act professionally in Chicago and San Francisco. Today she is the drama instructor at a high school, taking a role in a play on occasion. I’ve seen a lot of her performances over the years, but one will always stand out in my memory:


She was eighteen years old and had the lead in a play. You could hear the purses click open and tissues being retrieved. I was not watching my daughter, I was watching Anne Frank.


🎭 🎭 🎭 🎭 🎭 🎭 🎭 🎭 🎭 🎭 🎭 🎭 🎭

I’m always honored when Rochelle Wisoff-Fields uses one of my photos as a prompt for the Friday Fictioneers writing group. I was attending a play at the Paramount Theater in Seattle when I took this photo. I didn’t have a chance to write my story then, but here it is now. Here is another story I wrote about the same actress… THE CRUSADER … and the Acting Student


Note to my fellow Friday Fictioneers: I missed writing a story for this prompt from a few weeks ago. Here is my story. Hopefully Rochelle will not notice that I have posted it on a different week, but I wanted my FFFriends to read it. 

12 responses

  1. I can only imagine the pride you must feel. What a great post, Ted.

  2. Just lovely ❤

  3. Beautiful picture of your daughter, Ted I would have loved to see her playing Anne Frank.

  4. Dear Ted,

    This story is simply stunning. It brought a tear to my eye.
    It put me in mind of the time my middle son, then ten, had a one boy scene in a school play, talking on the phone to his mom after having to tell a friend on the phone that he didn’t have a dad. He was so beautifully convincing that word went round that Travis came from a broken home. (He was one of the few who came from a two parent home.) He ended up in Hollywood writing for reality TV.
    Again. beautiful story, Dad.



    1. That is fabulous, Rochelle.

      1. Y’know I should gig you for linking this prompt this week. 😉 But…it is your photo and it is one of your best. Others should read it. ❤ So it stays put.

      2. Thanks, Rochelle, I kind of thought the same. You know, of course, I don’t like to flaunt your rules. 🙂

  5. It’s great she was able to make a career out of it, but kind of a pity that more people couldn’t enjoy her work.

  6. What a heartfelt story and papa’s pride shining for his daughter.

  7. Lovely, Ted. Anne Frank would have been a powerful part for your daughter and she had to be good for them to choose her for it. You had every reason to be proud. I’m glad she found a job she loves and has a family of her own. Well written. Thanks for the pictures. 🙂 — Suzanne

  8. Great post. I understand your pride 🙂

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