Jan Abraham was farewelled by the committee and members of Cooma Little Theatre in a small ceremony held at the recent monthly meeting.
Jan moved to Cooma in 1980 as a school teacher and worked at Cooma North Public School for 10 years before transferring across to Cooma Public School where she continued to teach, mainly in Kinder to year 3, until her retirement in 2006.
Jan met Ron and Marie Cox at work at Cooma North and it was the Cox's who initially introduced Jan to Cooma Little Theatre.
It wasn't long before she was deeply involved in most aspects of the Theatre.
Initially Jan fulfilled the role of 'prompt' for a production of one act plays.
Soon after that she became very much involved in backstage crewing and was a most efficient stage manager for many productions, keeping the cast and crew in line and ensuring a smooth, professional and enjoyable experience for the audience members.
Jan has not operated lighting but believes this is the only job in the theatre which she has not fulfilled. As well as the back-stage work, she has been producer, acted on stage a little, operated sound, worked front-of-house - gaining her RSA to work the CLT bar, served coffee and tea and sold tickets. She always showed up at working bees to lend a hand to building and then tearing down of sets.
A dedicated committee member, Jan has been vice-president, treasurer and business manager over the years.
Since the late 1990s, Jan has been a wonderful wardrobe officer. During her time in this role the wardrobe has been extended, providing extra space for all the wonderful costumes. The wardrobe collection has been extensively categorised and organised resulting in a much easier job for the volunteer wardrobe attendants and our valued customers.
Jan was presented with a beautiful photograph of the Monaro taken by local photographer Brian Hart.
Jan is looking forward to her next adventures in warmer climes on the coast at Shellharbour where she will be living closer to relatives and friends in the east. She plans to continue some casual teaching work.