ERA Landmark's sales associate from our Livingston office, Deb Kelly volunteers regularly throughout her local community. When Deb isn't working on her real estate business, you can find her keeping busy either helping head up the Wednesday Night Ladies League at the Livingston Golf Course, or managing the costume department and serving as the lead costumer for various Shane Lalani Center for the Arts productions.
"I started singing and dancing on stage when my 7-year-old got a part in Annie at the Firehouse 5 Playhouse community theater in Livingston when they were looking for some more 'mature women' to be in the chorus," Deb tells us. "So at the ripe old age of 32, I jumped on stage. I've lost track of the number of shows I've been in since then." Taking over the lead on costume design for their main stage productions around 2011, she has headed up at least 20 shows in her time with The Shane Center with cast sizes ranging from 11 characters to their most recent show, Music Man, which has 54 cast members! "I still get on stage now and then, most recently doing both costumes and singing and dancing as one of the Greeks in Mamma Mia!, again with my daughter, in 2019."
With every new production as lead costumer, Deb gets started only a few days after the cast list is posted, "I measure the cast, research the show by watching other productions, reading the script, and studying the time period. After that, I meet with the director to be sure we're on the same page and try to assemble a group of volunteers if it's a bigger show. Then over the next 6 weeks, while the cast learns their parts, I'm on Amazon, in the basement of the Shane Center digging around our costume stock, shopping our local second-hand stores, and hovering over my sewing machine. As we get close to opening night, I get a few days to play 'grown-up Barbie' with the cast and take care of alterations so everyone's ready to go! Once the show opens they're on their own each night but I take care of any repairs between each show during their four-week run."
The hustle doesn't stop at The Shane Center for Deb. Hanging her real estate license with ERA Landmark for just shy of a decade, Deb goes above and beyond by serving on boards and committees of various levels of REALTOR organizations. Her impressive list of service includes several years on the Park County Board of Realtors, a MAR State Director serving several terms with the Risk Management Committee recently switching over to the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee as of 2023, sitting on the local DEI Committee for GAR, and is a MLS Board Director since January 2022.