Through plays and prose, Alice Enright, 74, brought people together in Lake Wylie.
Enright, known for work with Lake Wylie Community Theatre and Lake Wylie Magazine, died April 16 at her home in Conway. Enright moved to Lake Wylie in 1982 and lived here more than a decade.
“It’s a loss for our area for sure, even though she hadn’t been here for a while,” said friend Genie Frick of Lake Wylie.
As director, Enright led productions of “South Pacific,” “Evita” and “The Music Man.” She also had a hand in at least one love connection.
“I met my wife through the theater,” said Fred Frick, married 23 years to Genie. “The way it started out was strictly local people from the neighborhood. It eventually got to where we added people.”
Enright’s son Adam Seymour was in sixth grade when the family moved to Lake Wylie.
“She just took ordinary people out of the community, people who may not have danced at their own wedding, and got them on stage singing Broadway medleys,” Seymour said.
Fred Frick said the “one-woman army” didn’t just direct, but orchestrated everything from scene changes to set construction.
“We built all of our own sets,” he said. “We even had a Playbill.”
Performances drew a couple hundred people, with matinee and evening runs four times a year at River Hills Community Church. Occasionally, a busload might visit from Tega Cay. Shows fit about 20 performers onto a small stage. Having community theater was important, Fred Frick said.
“Rehearsals were a joy,” he said. “You’ve got to remember back in those days, we didn’t have anything around here.”
Genie Frick had a larger home in River Hills when Enright lived in a condo. Frick offered to host Enright’s Halloween party one year. Enright thanked her by inviting the neighbor Frick would marry.
“When it started, we were all just neighbors out here,” Frick said. “She gathered a troupe together.”
Enright’s passion for what she enjoyed was contagious, friends say.
“She was multi-talented,” Genie Frick said. “She taught us how to build sets. She taught us how to make props.”
Another passion was the magazine. Seymour remembers riding in the back seat of his mother’s car “covered in newspapers” in the late 1980s and early 1990s. Enright ran Lake Wylie Magazine for several years when the population was much smaller.
“It was totally different,” Seymour said. “She had one little Macintosh in the office there and did everything there in the office. I do remember somebody had to manually lay out the print at The Herald.”
For a time, Enright was synonymous with the magazine.
“With the paper, she at one stage was selling advertising, writing stories, producing most all the copy,” Seymour said. “Then she’d hand deliver a floppy disk to the Rock Hill Herald, she had to go back up there to get the papers, then loaded them in her car to go deliver them.”
Enright had from Parkinson’s disease for 27 years.
“She was a bigger than life kind of personality,” Seymour said. “When she got into these things, whatever she was doing, she just really put everything she had into it.”
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