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The Importance… of Giving Back

Courtney with Jake Kenick in a scene from The Importance of Being Earnest

It was a proud moment both for the Nome community and for KNOM early last month, as a local theatre production brought a few of our full-time volunteers into the arts scene of our region — and brought a taste of 1890s England to 2010s Alaska.

In May, the Nome Arts Council presented three showings of the Oscar Wilde comedy The Importance of Being Earnest. As you may have read in a few of the ongoing web posts of our volunteers, the show featured KNOMers both on-stage and off.

Marjorie performs a scene in The Importance of Being Earnest
KNOM community deejay Marjorie Tahbone and Nome’s Erin Lillie perform a scene during this spring’s community performance of The Importance of Being Earnest.

First-year volunteer Courtney Cousins and community volunteer Marjorie Tahbone, whose voices are well-known to KNOM listeners (as the hosts of our Late Afternoon Show and Wednesday’s Alianait Radio, respectively) held leading roles as Wilde’s characters Cecily Cardew and Gwendolyn Fairfax. They’re pictured above and below. Fellow KNOMers Jenn Ruckel, Francesca Fenzi, Kristin Leffler, and David Dodman helped out behind-the-scenes: whether by painting sets, producing sound effect or music cues, or other logistics.

We thought you might enjoy knowing that these already-talented KNOMers found new ways to entertain and engage our community this spring — with a lot of hard work, of course, and a little help from Oscar Wilde.

It’s but the latest example of service to our community continuing even outside of the studio.

Marjorie and Courtney share the stage
KNOMers Marjorie and Courtney share the stage during a scene from Earnest.

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