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Kavinoky Theatre hosts surprise graduation for cast member

The life of a stage actor is filled with sacrifices.

For the honor of performing a show several times a week, performers routinely miss family birthday parties, anniversaries, weddings and other important events for the chance to tread the boards.

A case in point is Niagara University student Kathleen Macari who missed her college graduation ceremony on May 14 to appear in the Kavinoky Theatre's current production of the classic thriller "Wait Until Dark."

But on that day's performance, Macari's fellow cast members, in collaboration with Macari's mother, planned a surprise that would alleviate some of the sting. They decided to bring the graduation to her:

In a Facebook post about the surprise move, Macari wrote:

"A few months ago, I made the decision to not walk my undergraduate ceremony in order to take a part at the Kavinoky Theatre for my first professional show. I made the choice, and I was okay with it. But my wonderful cast, crew and family didn't let me get away with that. If I could thank Adriano Gatto for the rest of my life, I would. He and my mother, Erin O'Brien-Macari, teamed up with the other Kavmates and surprised me with a curtain call graduation walk across the stage. This is truly the most amazing thing that has yet to happen to me. I am so blessed and honored to have such wonderful people in my life. Thank you times a million."


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