Quick As A Wink Theatre founder Michelle Herx is taking a step back from her beloved theatre group.
Herx retired as chairperson and treasurer of the Quick As A Wink Theatre Society’s board of directors at the group’s AGM Feb. 9.
Junie Hutchinson, Quick As A Wink’s artistic director, stood at the AGM and thanked Herx for passing her infectious passion for community theatre on to her many years ago.
“Michelle's vision and her hard work and commitment and dedication just sort of rolled over me,” said Hutchinson.
Hutchinson encouraged her entire family to get involved with Quick As A Wink after meeting Herx and her husband, Dennis.
“We have a lot to thank Michelle and Dennis for, especially for her vision of creating this wonderful theatre that we have now,” she said.
Herx says she will remain involved with the theatre as an artistic advisor, but she has been looking to step back from the business responsibilities for a couple of years.
“It's like running a big business when it gets to this point,” she said, in an interview.
Herx, who prefers making costumes, finding props and memorizing lines to balancing books, says a new group of confident, competent and enthusiastic individuals passionate about community theatre are willing to take over the business side of things.
“I certainly will keep my eye on them. I want this to continue to be as wonderful and high level as it has been,” she said.
The story behind the creation of Quick As A Wink stems back to 2000. Herx, who was invited to write a dinner theatre play about the Town of Windsor, was doing some research at the West Hants Historical Society when she stumbled upon some fascinating information about the Great Windsor Fire.
“I was shocked about what I had learned about this wonderful town and its history.”
Inspired by Windsor’s rich past, Herx penned Glory Days. However, the nearest theatres to Windsor in that day were based in Kentville and Bedford, and Herx wanted her story to debut in the town that inspired her to put pen to paper in the first place.
Support from local businesses and community members helped Herx get Quick As A Wink off the ground, and the newly founded theatre group first brought Glory Days to life in 2003.
“Seeing Glory Days, the story about the Great Windsor Fire, come to the stage was absolutely a highlight for me.”
Quick As A Wink members have since delighted audiences with Broadway-style performances that have made Herx beam with pride time and time — and time — again.
“The musicals that we've done in the last two or three years have just come up to such a wonderful professional standard. I’m just thrilled with the people who are involved in the artistic side of things who are just so skilled and so dedicated and have such a high level of perfection as their standard,” Herx said.
Herx says she is looking forward to having more time to travel and visit with family, but there are a few things she will miss about being immersed in Quick As A Wink’s operations.
“I’ll miss being on the edge, which is how you feel all the time with theatre... you have to push yourself to the best possible that you can do — and it works.”
Herx says Quick As A Wink is an inclusive community group, willing to take on anyone with an interest in live theatre.
“They push themselves sometimes way beyond their comfort level and then they're so pleased with themselves when they've done it at the end. It's really life changing.”
There are volunteer roles for actors and people who prefer to be behind the scenes.
“We want anyone who wants to work with us to be able to come and do that.”
Herx says she has members, sponsors, donors, advertisers, audiences and everyone who believed in her vision for Quick As A Wink in the early days to thank for the success of the theatre.
“All the people who have helped to make it happen, I just have to thank the