Just before I left work today, I got a call from Ron Anderson, who is the director of the Springer Theater Academy and is the associate artistic director.
He said all afternoon, students from the academy gathered at the Springer, grieving over the loss of Rearcous Smith. Rea was one of the teachers at the academy and was a very, very popular one.
Ron said he finally got the last of the kids to go home. He said he was glad that the kids knew that the Springer would be a good place for them to get together.
Jamie Fagerstrom, the Springer's general manager, asked the Pastoral Institute to send a counselor to help the staff and the young actors work throught their feelings.
Jamie's a very, very smart woman, who has gone through a lot herself, but is always thinking of other people.
Rea's parents were here this afternoon.
I don't know what the arrangements for the burial are, but Ron said tentatively, there will be a memorial service at 7 p.m. Monday in the Springer Opera House, 103 10th St.
It doesn't matter if you didn't know Rea personally. If you ever enjoyed watching him on stage, then I know he'll be happy to see you in the audience one last time.
I'll be there, remembering the fun we had during "The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas."
I said in an earlier post that he always called me "sweet baby." I'm sure he called other people that, but I'm going to pretend that was my special nickname.