Lara’s New Lungs a Rejoiceful Time for Theatre Community

- It was a week to remember in the Omaha theatre community.

Last Monday, Lara Marsh, Artistic Coordinator for the Nebraska Theatre Caravan, received the news that she was finally going to get new lungs. Marsh had been diagnosed with Cystic Fibrosis since age 4 and has been on the national lung transplant list since March of 2012. By that time, her lung capacity was a fraction of that of a normal person.

But Lara is no normal person.

Through all of the hospitalizations, all of the ups and downs, Marsh has cemented herself as one of the hardest working and most loved individuals in the Omaha theatre community. Her support was so large that when the call came in for the double lung transplant, “Lara Marsh” was trending in the Nebraska region of Twitter.

Throughout the past week, updates of Lara’s status have been placed on the Facebook page of “Places Please: Effort to Support Lara Marsh”. After more than 10 hours of surgery, it didn’t take long for Marsh to want to ‘stage manage’ her own recovery process. In the few days after the surgery, she was already breathing on her own and walking hundreds of feet at a time.

Marsh and her husband Craig will stay in Denver, where the surgery was held, as she regains her strength and prepares for the next chapter in her life.

One thing’s for certain: It’s wonderful to see that Lara has two new lungs, but the same big heart.

A website has been set up to assist in the medical costs of the major surgery. For more information, visit www.cotaforlaram.com

- Omaha Performing Arts’ newly created Nebraska High School Theatre Awards announced the addition of two new individual awards to go along with their full production awards.

The Triple Threat Award will recognize individuals who not only can sing, dance, and act, but also “encompass the spirit of the Nebraska High School Theatre Awards”.

The other individual award is for Outstanding Achievement in Technical Theatre, given to the backstage individual who shows leadership as well as artistic excellence.

Triple Threat audition applications are due January 31, 2014.

Technical Theatre applications are due March 7, 2014.

In its inaugural year, students from 21 schools around the Omaha area will be participating in the awards program. For more information visit http://www.nebraskahsta.org

Cold Cream looks at theater in the metro area. Email information to coldcream@thereader.com

posted at 10:24 pm
on Monday, November 11th, 2013

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