By Gary Davis, HR Manager
It all started with a statement coming out of left-field (but he’s my 17-year-old son, I have come to expect that). “I told my drama teacher that you were going to get us a door from Harbin.” And so began the a-door-able story of how Harbin Lumber Company became involved in an Off, Off, Off, Off-Broadway production of “Shrek: The Musical.”
I really wanted to help, since my son will soon graduate from Commerce and I am a recent graduate from there as well (1991 is recent-ish!). I asked the Harbin Door Shop if they would donate a door unit for the drama department at CHS, and in no time at all, they had produced a door unit ready for use. In order to get the door into a suitable frame for stage use, I requested help from another alum of Commerce High School, GM of the Athens location Todd Lord (Class of 19. . . something. I’ll let you ask him), and Athens team member James Brady.
Mrs. Roye (CHS Drama Teacher) was ecstatic when she saw the finished product! Sturdy, transformable, portable & ready to go!
The new door unit made its debut last week in the CHS production of “Shrek: The Musical.” The play was hilarious, and the door received rave reviews!
On behalf of the students, faculty and ogres of Commerce High School, THANK YOU!! I love working for a company that loves to get involved with our communities! This effort was beyond everyone’s expectations!