101 Stories: Emilie Dressler

By The Children's Theatre

Celebrate TCT’s 101st season as it comes to a close as we applaud and appreciate those who contributed to the organization’s magic throughout our century-long journey.  During 10 weeks of recognition, we honor individuals who have been instrumental in the success of TCT, and who have not only helped TCT grow in mission, but also thrive, thanks to their passion.  It is these people and their moments in our history that shaped TCT to become what it is today. We encourage you to consider giving a gift in their honor to ensure the sustainability of TCT’s mission for the next 100+ years. 

Emiie Dressler is a Former TCT Board Member, and served as TCT’s School Performances Day Chair as well as Volunteer Coordinator.

“I got involved with The Children’s Theatre through my son’s friend who was a part of a production about 26 years ago,” Emilie says. “I started volunteering to help at his shows by ushering and seating the audience members. My volunteer work grew into both serving as a Board member and leading volunteer groups.”

“I love meeting new people, and our volunteers have become a family to me,” she added. “My favorite thing about working with the Children’s Theatre is getting to see all of the kid’s smiling faces as they come to the Taft Theatre. In elementary school, going on a field trip is a big deal and very exciting for both the teachers and students. I remember when kids would be getting off their bus and how they were in complete awe of tall buildings and the city surrounding them.”

Emilie says: “When they come into the theatre, many do not understand the concept of live theatre; however, they all seem to enjoy it as they are seeing the performance. Something that the Children’s Theatre excels in is getting audience participation through clapping, yelling, having the kids point out characters on the stage, and more. They make these children feel special and a part of the show. These shows open up the love of theatre within these kids. I so enjoy seeing the post-show happiness that flows through the lobby as the children are leaving the theatre.” 

Would you honor Emilie Dressler with a gift to recognize the impact made on TCT?