The Woodland Park Players, a community theater group with actors from the same neighborhood, just wrapped its latest production, "Nice Work If You Can Get It."
The group has been together for six years, gelling as a cast and crew and bonding as friends and neighbors.
But this season is a little different, both devastating and inspiring in the same breath. Last year, the Woodland Park Players lost original cast member Ed Harowicz to brain cancer. Friends describe him as an incredible person who impacted everyone he met.
"He just brought this special energy to the stage and to our group," said friend and fellow actor Mike Oboy. "One of the best. It’s a little tough, this is our first show without him. It’s tough, it’s a sweet tribute. But we wish he was here. But we know he's here in spirit."
While Ed's physical presence will be sorely missed, his memory is everywhere. Ed's wife Jennifer created a unique shadowbox for the Woodland Park Players to keep Ed a part of every production.
In Ed’s honor, the Woodland Park Players named their annual grant, "The Ed Harowicz Arts and Education Grant," where all proceeds help support art programs at Seattle Public Schools.
"What he inspires in me, and all of us here, is the reminder of: Really be in the moment, the fragility of life and also the celebration of life. Just to go for it," said castmate Amanda Cirie.
Learn more about the Woodland Park Players here.