“All the world’s a stage. And all the men and women merely players ; They have their own exits and entrances, And one man in his time plays many parts.”
William Shakespeare, As You Like It
The Carnegie Players and our community lost an important and faithful theater enthusiast on Sunday. While vacationing in Cancun with his wife Coleen, Kevin Long passed away suddenly. For many, many years, Kevin has been a key part of what has become The Carnegie Players today. His knowledge of theatre and music was phenomenal. There was not an area in the process of producing a show that Kevin was not afraid to handle or tackle. Lighting, stage rigging, backdrops and tech, (he was a Union electrician by trade), sets, costumes, advertising, make-up, music, and even watching little kids if needed, was just a sampling of his talents.
If he was not helping behind the scenes working on a show, he was playing a major role in the production. A portion of his roles were: Professor Henry Higgins in My Fair Lady; Sergeant Trotter in The Mousetrap; Cornelius Hackl in Hello, Dolly!; Lt. Brannigan in Guys and Dolls; Fred Graham/Petruchio in Kiss Me Kate and The Beast/The Prince in Beauty and the Beast.
Kevin was always a positive person and tried to look for the positives in a bleak situation. He was always looking down the road for tech problems that might pop up and was prepared to handle them before they became an issue. He gave 200% at all times. He always had a joke to crack and loved making light of a situation, but not the person. Singing, teaching grandkids to sing, playing trumpet, and most recently learning how to serenade on the bagpipes, were a part of his musical talents.
Kevin served in various capacities for The Carnegie Players as a member at large, secretary, treasurer, vice president, president and grant writer. He was normally the last to leave a rehearsal or function, making sure everything was put away and ship shape.
Kevin, you left us far too soon. We wanted to see you on stage again portraying a unique character in a way that only you could do. We wanted to hear you sing and dance and show the Rensselaer community your God given talent. You accomplished so much in your short life with us. Ralph Waldo Emerson may have penned this for you: “It is not length of life, but depth of life.” Thank you, Kevin, for the depth of lives that you have touched. You lived life to the fullest. We thank you for your example!
Please remember Coleen and her family in your prayers. Visitation will be at the Jackson Funeral Chapel in Rensselaer on Sunday, March 10, 2:00 to 8:00 pm. Funeral services will be held at Jackson Funeral Chapel on Monday, March 11, at 10:30 am.