Terry Darlene Sroka-Hogge

                                   

  Terry mit Ehemann Tom und Tochter Nicole

Geboren am 16. Dezember 1962         -        Gestorben am 12. Juli 2002

 

Ich wünschte mir wirklich, mehr über meine Schwester zu wissen. Unsere Wege wurden bereits im Kindesalter getrennt - zudem ist Terry nicht meine "richtige" Schwester, sondern meine Stiefschwester - ein kleines Detail, das für uns nie von Bedeutung war. Mit Terry starb meine einzige geschwisterliche Bezugsperson und ich fühle mich irgendwie "alleine".

Auf der Suche nach neueren Fotos fingen schon die ersten Probleme an..... ich besitze praktisch keine! Aber ich werde ihre Lebensgeschichte so gut ich sie kennen mag rekapitulieren. Möge Terry in meinem wie auch in vielen Herzen weiterleben. 

 

Ich habe Bilder von den Kindern meiner Schwester gefunden:

 
Nicole mit ihren Geschwistern Emma (blondes Mädchen links) und Michele
(dunkelhaariges Mädchen rechts) und Sally im Arm. 
 

 

 

Nicole gibt ihrer Schwester Emma das Fläschchen...

  

Badespass im Garten hinter dem Haus meiner Schwester, aufgenommen bei
unserem letzten Besuch in Yuba City, Californien, Juni 1999

 

  

Unser allererster Besuch in Yuba City, CA. Das muss so etwa um 1989 gewesen sein.

 

Meine Schwester (sie war Voll-Amerikanerin) bekam mit 12 Jahren ein Visum für die Schweiz und lebte bei einem Onkel (ein Sohn meiner Grossmutter). Sie durfte 5 Jahre hier bleiben und lernte in dieser Zeit auch wirklich sehr gut Deutsch. Eigentlich hätte sie noch eine Berufsausbildung absolvieren sollen, aber es gab Streit und Missverständnisse zwischen ihr und dem Onkel, resp. Tante und sie schoben sie ab - zurück nach Amerika zu meinem Vater, der bis heute noch dort lebt. Die genauen Ursachen waren für ihre Abschiebung weiss ich bis heute nicht - die Verwandten reden nicht darüber und Terry sagte wohl auch nicht alles...... Jedenfalls glaube ich heute, dass diese Verwandten nicht die richtigen Personen waren, um Terry Halt und Sicherheit zu geben, die sie besonders benötigt hätte (es war ein kinderloses Ehepaar) und Terry reiste in die Schweiz kurz vor der Pubertät - also auch ein schwieriges Alter - und sie hatte weiss Gott auch viele Hürden zu meistern.

So kam Terry, ohne irgendwelchen Schulabschluss, noch mit einer Ausbildung in den Staaten an und versuchte, sich bei meinem Vater einzugewöhnen, was nicht leicht war. Terry war ja nicht sein Kind - unsere Mutter war vor meiner Geburt bereits verheiratet und Terry stammt aus dieser Verbindung. Ihren richtigen Vater hat Terry, soweit ich weiss, nie kennengelernt.

Sie arbeitete als Kellnerin im "Club der Superreichen" - wo auch mein Vater als Chefkoch arbeitete. Dort blieb sie jedoch nicht lange. Das Verhältnis zu meinem Vater wurde immer schwieriger und sie bekam auch im Job probleme.

Als ich 18 Jahre alt wurde, ging ich als Überbrückungszeit für 3 Monate zu meinem Vater, um mein Englisch aufzufrischen vor Lehrbeginn. Während dieser Zeit traf ich Terry dann und wann - zum letzten Mal für eine ganz lange Zeit. Kurz darauf packte meine Schwester ihre Sachen und machte sich auf nach Californien, um dort ihr Glück zu suchen. Von da an hörte ich nichts mehr von ihr bis ich 24 Jahre alt war. Da kam ganz überraschend ein Brief - sie hätte geheiratet und ein Kind bekommen - Nicole. Was für eine Freude!!! Da wir noch keine Ferien gebucht hatten, beschlossen wir, noch im selben Jahr Terry und ihre Familie in Anaheim CA zu besuchen. Es war herrlich, sie nach all der Zeit wiederzusehen. Es war, als wäre ich heimgekommen.....

Seit dieser Zeit haben wir uns nicht mehr aus den Augen verloren. Ich wurde die Taufpatiin von Emma und habe jedes Kind kennengelernt. Mit Terry's Tod verschwand leider auch die Familie wieder aus meinen Augen. Nach jahrelanger Suche habe ich sie dennoch im Herbst 2006 auffinden können. Sie leben noch immer in Yuba City. Wie ich sie fand? Man glaubt es kaum... aber Emma hat in einer Schulaufführung mitgespielt und die Beschreibung der Hauptdarstellerin passte einfach genau zu ihr! Ich schrieb Emma und sandte den Brief an ihre Schule - tata! Volltreffer! Leider entwickelte sich die Beziehung nicht so, wie ich es erhofft hatte - die Distanz ist einfach zu gross, aber mal sehen, vielleicht sehen wir uns mal wieder.....

Auch habe ich keine aktuellen Bilder und ich weiss nur oberflächlich, wie es ihnen geht. Der Vater sei arbeitslos, seine Mutter wohne aber bei ihnen und sorge für die Kinder. 

 

Aufgrund dieser Berichte im "Appealdemocrat.com" habe ich meine "Familie" in den USA wieder gefunden. 

Hard-knock life for Franklin Elementary with 'Annie Jr.'

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The sun will come out not tomorrow, but Wednesday and May 15 at Franklin Elementary School in Yuba City as the school performs "Annie Jr."

 

The production is the junior high version of the long-running Broadway show, "Annie," said the play's director, Obie Leff. "It's made for school kids and licensed for junior high and middle schools. That works for us because we're performing it with seventh- and eighth-graders."

The original "Annie" made its Broadway debut in the 1970s, based on the Harold Gray comic strip "Little Orphan Annie." As the title of the Gray strip suggests, "Annie Jr." is about a young orphan girl living in the Depression era.

She escapes from Miss Hannigan and the orphanage to search for her parents, but instead finds a friendly dog, Sandy. Annie is taken to live with Oliver "Daddy" Warbucks for the Christmas holidays.

Annie and Daddy Warbucks come to love each other, and while Warbucks wants to adopt her, he helps her search for her real parents.

"The reason we're doing 'Annie' is that it's one of those traditional New York Broadway favorites," Leff said. "Last year, we did a Disney production — 'Aladdin Jr.' — so as a counterpoint or contrast, I wanted to do a show written as a Broadway show."

"Annie Jr." contains all the songs made famous by "Annie," including the two most famous, "Tomorrow" and "Hard Knock Life," as well as "Little Girls," "Hooverville" and "You Won't Be An Orphan For Long."

"The songs will give you goosebumps," Leff said. "'Annie' is a feel-good story. It's something that kids identify with, but I think it's going to really resonate with all audiences."

Leff said his favorite moment in the play was "Hard-Knock Life," where all the orphans sing and scrub with buckets and mops.

The cast of "Annie Jr." features many of the cast members from the school's production of "Aladdin Jr." Emma Sroka is Annie, Taylor Montgomery is Miss Hannigan, Michael Bryant is Oliver "Daddy" Warbucks, Courtney Taylor is Grace Farrell, Chase Bisby is Rooster Hannigan, Nicole Owens is Lily St. Regis, Kasey O'Neal is the dog Sandy and Matt Hayes is President Roosevelt.

"We have a wonderful cast," Leff said. "The kids have worked very hard rehearsing. ... Our Annie, Emma Sroka, is wonderful. Not to belittle anyone else in the cast, but she is Annie. You forget that she's an actress, because she has really found Annie as a character, and she sings the solos like an angel."

Annie Jr.

Times: 7 p.m. Wednesday and May 15
Where: Franklin Elementary School, 322 Township Road, Yuba City
Tickets: $3. Call 822-5151

 

School plays the breeding ground for acting talent

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Makeshift though they may be, school plays are where stars are born.

 

 The stage production of the Disney musical, “Aladdin Jr.,” seventh- and eighth-graders at Franklin Elementary School put on last week was a good example.

 The 20-plus members of the “white cast” of “Aladdin Jr.” alternated with a similar “red cast,” which had performed the same show the previous night.

 Michael Bryant as Aladdin and Amber Walsh as Princess Jasmine were the billed as stars of the show, which was directed by music teacher Obie Leff.

 Special standouts in the “white cast” were Emma Sroka, who played the genie in the lamp and Cameron Crouch and Christian Divelbiss, who turned a rectangle of fabric and four sticks into a magic flying carpet.

 Also of particular note were Michelle Koch, who played the Sultaness, and Nicole Owens, who played Rasoul, a key member of the royal entourage.

 Hero Bryant and heroine Walsh certainly did an able job with their roles and songs. They suffered not from their acting and singing abilities, but from the theatrical cliché that leading roles are underwritten so more people in the audience can identify with them.

 It is the color characters - the bad guys, the hero’s sidekicks and the heroine’s girlfriends - who have the fun and get the zinger and laugh lines. All the hero and heroine sometimes get to say is “I love you, too,” and then live happily ever after.

 Like many Walt Disney movies, “Aladdin Jr.” was adapted from time-tested tales because Disney was no Dumbo. The king of cartoons understood the proven marketability of a well-forged fable, and animated films from them could be endlessly remarketed.

 “Aladdin Jr.” is an updated - not to say hip-hopped up - version of how the beautiful Scheherazade escaped execution by spinning wondrous yarns to Sultan Shahryad in “1001 Arabian Nights.”

 The high point of the Franklin Elementary School musical production was the scene in which Aladdin rubs the magic lamp and the genie appears, a clever stage stunt achieved with flashing lights and quick foot work.

 Under the terms of the tale, Sroka’s genie now had to grant Bryant’s Aladdin three wishes.

 To fulfill one of the wishes, the genie had to conjure up a magic flying carpet. It was when the fruitful imaginations of the director and his actors were most ably shown.

 Suddenly, from one end of the gym turned into a theater, a carpet comprised of a rectangle of fabric held up on four sticks by Crouch (front end) and Divelbiss (back end) flew in. When the boys reached the stage, they draped the carpet over a box then hid behind it.

 Sroka and Bryant then sat on the covered box and talked while the hidden boys shook their carpet sticks to make it seem Aladdin, the genie and the carpet were soaring over the world.

 This may not seem like much in the bare retelling, but the theatrical ingenuity of Leff, Sroka, Bryant, Crouch and Divelbiss was a striking example of what show people can do with a good script, a little imagination and a school gymnasium. Kudos to all.

 According to a parent familiar with the casting, the tale of how Sroka became the genie had some magic in it, too.

 Sroka - who is 13 and perhaps four feet tall if she stands straight and a brisk wind is blowing from the southeast - did not do so well the first time she tried out.

 But she went home and somehow transformed herself overnight into the confident smartalecky genie the script called for.

 After the show, Sroka answered questions about her performance, and did it with the aplomb of a seasoned starlet.

 Her most exciting moments on stage were when she was singing, and her favorite song was “Prince Ali,” Sroka said, smiling and unafraid.

 Award-winning journalist and author Tom Nadeau has written for and acted on stage, screen, radio and television. Write to him at theaterland@gmail.com

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    Franklin Elementary in ‘A Whole New World’

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One of the most difficult parts of any production of “Aladdin” is the magic carpet. Because the carpet is supposed to fly, creating the illusion of flight on a stage is never easy.

 

 The magic carpet will fly - or, at least, look like it’s flying - at Franklin Elementary School’s production of “Aladdin Jr.,” said Obie Leff, the school’s music teacher and play director.

 “It’s a very decorated carpet (we’re using),” he said. “It works by having two puppeteers who stand behind it and have a dowel on the corner to make it (appear to) fly; we’re not having kids flying around the stage.”

 Franklin Elementary School will perform “Aladdin Jr.” at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday in the school’s multipurpose room, located at 332 N. Township Road, Yuba City.

 While the title of the production includes a “Jr.” in the title, the adaptation of the classic “Aladdin” story features few differences from the Disney animated film.

 “It follows the same story with Aladdin finding the magic lamp, a genie appearing and (Aladdin) having to win the heart of Jasmine,” Leff said.

 A few differences exist, though, including a duet between Jafar and his parrot Iago, which wasn’t in the Disney film, according to Leff.

 The “Aladdin Jr.” production is the first for Franklin Elementary in two years. The school previously performed “Music Man Jr.” two years ago. Last year didn’t feature a play because of Leff’s committments to the school band.

 “It’s hard to fit a musical play (like ‘Aladdin Jr.’) in the context of a teaching day,” Leff said. “It’s not a matter of wanting to or not wanting to (perform a play); you just have to make time for it. The desire (to put on a play) has always been there.”

 The students have been “super excited” to do “Aladdin Jr.,” Leff said. “For years, we’ve had a talent show in the spring, and we had done some musical theater with the primary and intermediate grades. Those two things coming together have been good motivators for the kids feeling comfortable on stage and singing. ... The cast members (of ‘Aladdin Jr.’) have appeared in the talent show for years, and being in the play is just expanding on what they already know.”

 Performances of “Aladdin Jr.” feature a different cast each night of the performance. The cast of Wednesday’s performance includes Charles Tate as Aladdin, Courtney Taylor as Jasmine and Taylor Montgomery as the Genie. The cast of Thursday’s performance includes Michael Bryant as Aladdin, Amber Walsh as Jasmine and Emily Sroka as the Genie.

 Tickets are $3. For more information, call the school at 822-5151


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