FORTVILLE — Lindsay Davis’ road to drama director at Mt. Vernon High School included a little defying gravity.

Seven years ago, she sent a cover letter and a resume to Marybeth Abel, then production stage manager of the musical, “Wicked,” to apply for a theater education internship position behind the scenes at one of Broadway’s biggest hits.

She received a return letter from Abel stating there was no such position — but Abel would create one because she, too, believed in the value of theater education.

This rare opportunity gave Davis a stronger understanding of how to produce, choreograph and direct a multi-million dollar musical. She had fun, too.

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“I got my picture taken with one of the cast’s Tony awards,” Davis said, “and I got to go in and out the Broadway stage door every night. It was the greatest theatrical experience of my life.”

If you go

Mt. Vernon High School presents “The Importance of Being Earnest” by Oscar Wilde Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m. at Mt. Vernon High School, 8112 N. County Road 200W in Fortville. Adult tickets are $10, and student tickets are $7 and can be purchased online at

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Christine Schaefer is arts editor and editorial assistant at the Daily Reporter. She can be reached at 317-477-3222 or