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David Moore-“Redemption Song”

Published in the November 2010 Boom! NC Magazine

by Whitney L.J. Howell
November 2010

For David Moore, art really does imitate life for at least one time a year. Every December, you can find him donning 19th century garb and playing Bob Cratchit inTheater in the Park’s production of Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol.” The play, he said, helped him navigate a very difficult, sad period and ultimately brought him the happiness the characters experience at the play’s end.

“I came to the theater when my marriage of 20 years collapsed, and I needed to find a way to take care of myself emotionally,” said Moore who celebrates his 18thperformance with the show this year. “There’s something healing, arresting, and completing about ‘A Christmas Carol,’ and I wanted to be in it.”

As I listened to Moore, 63, talk about the play’s timelessness and its apropos portrayals of universal archetypes, I found myself caught

 

David Moore

 

up in his enthusiasm not only for the show, but also for the effect it has on the cast and audience. He’s seen marriages on the brink of failure recommit, and he said one autistic child is more animated than any other time when he comes to the show dressed as Ebenezer Scrooge.

The theme of redemption can heal the past, present, and future in real-life situations, he said. In fact, being in the play gave Moore a second chance at love-he met his second wife Carol four years after joining the production.

But Moore, who enjoys landscaping, traveling, and spending time with his grandchildren, also appreciates the play because it dovetails into his professional work as a senior consultant and coach with the NC Baptist Association. When pastors and congregations reach an impasse, it’s his job to steer them through difficult conversations and hurt feelings.

“The Baptist church’s autonomy is both its strength and its Achilles Heel,” he said. “When pastors and congregants disagree, there’s no one in the church to intervene. I can give them a safe place to discuss the problems and can help get them back on the road.”

 

David Moore as Bob Cratchit

 

After serving as a consultant for 33 years, Moore said his age makes him a more effective mediator when quarrels come to him. Through his life experiences, he’s learned to consider all perspectives, remain open to all options, and to maintain focus and be “in the moment” with those who come to him for assistance.

It was easy for me to understand, then, that he hopes people will think of him as someone aware of others.

“I want someone to feel like they’re the only one that matters to me at the point when I’m with them,” he said. “I want them to know that I’m present with them.”

As he looks toward retirement, Moore said he hopes to take that same focus from his professional life and transfer it to whatever he chooses to do with the newfound free time. In fact, rather than reaching retirement, he intends to redefine or reinvent himself as he moves from the NC Baptist Association into his next “big adventure.”

No matter what he chooses to do in the next phase of his life, Moore was emphatic about one thing in particular.

“If I can do the role of Bob Cratchit with a walker or a wheelchair, I’ll do it,” he said. “I have no illusions that I’ll age out of the role, but it’s part of who I am. I will, at least, participate in the play at some level because of what it’s done for me and what it will do for others to come.”

“A Christmas Carol” opens at the Durham Performing Arts Center December 3-5, and then moves to Raleigh’s Memorial Auditorium at the Progress Energy Center for the Performing Arts December 8-15. For information visit theatreinthepark.com or call 919.8321.6939.

To read the article online: http://www.boomnc.com/2010/11/articles_fiftyfab_triangle_201011.html

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