Episode #53 - The story of Diane Dupuy and the Famous People Players, a black light theatre company where all the performers are developmentally disabled. The podcast explores the bond between Diane and her mother, Mary Thornton, who lived to the age of 103 in The Village of Humber Heights, and the wisdom and working relationship they shared for 50 years. Have a listen as hosts Kathy Buckworth and Evelyn Brindle welcome Diane Dupuy to share her Story from the Green Bench.
Diane's mother honed in on what she could do and what she was good at rather than what she struggled with. She excelled in imagination and creativity.
"My mother built me a puppet theatre when I was a little girl. She told me not to be afraid as the puppets will do the talking for me." - Diane Dupuy
She enjoyed performing closely with her friend at local events, Doug Henning, who went on to become a world-renowned magician.
"As long as your imagination makes the world a better place." - Mary Thornton
"Great spirits always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds." -Albert Einstein
In creating the Famous People Players Diane chose the black light technique as no one would see the players, and who they are, so they won't be afraid of them.
"My mother was my partner, my supporter all the way." -Diane Dupuy