On October 22, 2018, Zack Allen passed away. He was the co-founder of the Knoxville Children’s Theatre and had devoted his life to helping children learn theatre from the inside out. Tonight we celebrated his life at the Clarence Brown Theatre where 100’s of people were there to celebrate with us. It was a touching scene and one that I will not soon forget.
The Aladdin cast from KCT’s recent Disney Jr. musical was asked to sing. Olivia was thrilled to be able to perform at the Clarence Brown Theatre on such a special night.
I was asked to put together a tribute video for Zack. I immediately said yes, even though I only had four days to pull it off. I knew it was an important job. I was given an incredible responsibility to tell Zack’s story through the eyes of all of the children he has impacted. I was allotted 3-5 minutes because there was a lot on the agenda. It ended up being 7:19. I tried!
First I want to thank Sien Moon and Dennis Perkins for giving me this opportunity. Second I want to thank each person who submitted a video or let me interview them for the project. With only 3-5 minutes, I couldn’t use every entry. I am sorry if your video was not in the final video. Lastly, I want to thank WBIR who allowed me to use some of their footage in the final piece.
When I agreed to do this I didn’t fully realize the impact that Zack had on so many. Each interview I did I heard the same story. Zack was instrumental in shaping these young people into who they had become. When I listened to each person, what I discovered was that they had all become something beautiful.
I stayed up almost all night Friday night and went to sleep at 3:00 am last night trying to make this video the best that I possibly could.
I can barely keep my eyes open. I hope to make a longer video later that will include the other tribute videos.