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Jan...the lady who does a lot of photos for Hugh's site...has been talking to Hugh's agent and the organizer who's arranged for Hugh to come to the school. She'll probably be doing some photos and video for the site.
Cute story here...Jan is a very dear friend of mine now, but I actually met her because of Hugh.
On Hugh's last night in Phantom, I remembered seeing a lady in black with a camera at the stage door. I assumed she knew him or was with Phantom.
Fast forward six months to the first weeks of Lestat previews. I'm sitting in the front row, waiting for the house lights to come down. A woman comes over to me and says...in the sweetest North Carolina accent..."Are you Paula? I recognized you from Hugh's last show at Phantom...I recognize your jacket." I was, of course, wearing the leather jacket which Hugh always autographs.
It was the same lady in black with a camera...Jan. She introduced me to her husband and son and, since we were all planning on stopping to see Hugh after the show, we agreed to meet back at the stage door.
We ran into each other again at the final Lestat performance a month and a half later and we hung out at Hugh's amFAR benefit right before he flew to Seattle for "Company."
We ended up e-mailing each other a lot...and, in the process, we became really good friends. She was awesomely supportive during that mess with the Drewbies and it turns out we both met Hugh for the first time on the exact same day. Hugh likes her and her whole family...he calls them his "Washington brigade."
Somewhere along the line, she volunteered to take photos for the site. Both she and her husband are serious photographers...so I made her a member of our little "staff." So, she was my partner-in-crime for the Les Miz opening night.