Family and friends are important. They can help us get through a lot of our tough times and are always there for us. Sharon Hoge values family and friends more than anything.
Hoge is the president of the Blackfoot Community Players, a local theatre group that hosts performances at the Performing Arts Center in Blackfoot. The group has a fun upbringing, revolving around the purchase of the property from the city.
“Blackfoot Community Players started back in the 80’s when a colleague of mine bought the old New Art Theatre on Broadway for ten whole dollars. Then our little play group had a place to perform,” said Hoge in an interview.
Hoge has been with the Community Players ever since it started. She’s gone through several positions within the organization. She’s played the role of treasurer, secretary, a member of the board of directors and the president twice.
Hoge has been a part of this group for 30 years. Because of the amount of time she’s spent with these people, she considers the people she works with to be a second family.
“It sounds really cliché, but theatre people become a family outside of a family,” she said. “They’re the kind of people you could call on for help.”
Hoge said that having a network of friends you can rely on is vital for everyone and can help the community as a whole.
“That kind of community connection I think is really valuable for both the people in it and the community itself,” she said.
Even though the COVID-19 pandemic has made it difficult to be around other people, Hoge said this group doesn’t let that obstacle stand in its way.
“We couldn’t do as much live theatre, but we all still had scripts in our hands and it gave us something to do, and as soon as we could, we got back on the stage,” said Hoge.