Last week I missed my ticket to see Irving Berlin’s White Christmas at the Kennedy Center because I had a flu with a fever. When I called the Kennedy Center to see if there was anything they could do so I wouldn’t miss a show I paid around $100 for. The first two people I talked to were fairly rude (they just sounded annoyed and agitated which really wasn’t a good experience), but the one said that I should call someone names Linda Beers who may be able to help me. I figured why not try calling a third time since the third time’s a charm and I did.
I called Linda’s number and got her voicemail. I left a message (guessing I would never hear back based on the other two people) telling her what happened and that I didn’t want to get anyone else sick at the show. The next morning I got a phone call and it was a happy, perky and friendly Linda Beers. Linda was amazing. Not only did she ask if I was feeling better and thank me for not bringing the flu into the Kennedy Center, but she asked if it would be ok to call me back on Monday and then she could help me locate a seat so I wouldn’t have to miss the performance. She even actually talked to me about Irving Berlin and how we both love his music. It was an awesome experience talking to someone who works at the Kennedy Center who actually loves the arts and wants to make sure that everyone gets to have exposure to them. That is why I called her “wick” above. It is a song from the Secret Garden.
The song and term wick means that there is some life left within something, even if it looks dead. When I was talking to other employees at the Kennedy Center, I felt like it was pointless and that they could care less about providing good service or helpful advice. Then when I talked to Linda, it was clear that there is still life at the Kennedy Center that loves the arts and wants to help people be able to see and hear amazing shows. She also proved that although numerous employees are there because it’s a job and not because they love the theatre and wanted a job in it, they still have some people who love what they do and really help people to fall in love with the theatre and performing arts.
I wanted to thank Linda for helping me get to see a performance of White Christmas and I’ll be putting my review up within the next couple of days. I also wanted to share a kind of cool version of the song “Wick” from the Secret Garden that I found on YouTube. This version is really neat because they use people and props as the set. Because they did this they can have a moving set that is actually alive. Even though the people blend in, the set is always alive so it’s kind of cool that they did this and they did it for the song “Wick” as well.