Robin Bennett
(1948 - 2009)

Robin Bennett
Nickname: Drama Mama

May 28, 1948

North Carolina
November 10, 2009

She wrote this: "I'm interested in the relationship between art and spiritual evolution, between how we imagine the world and how we ARE in the world, between our conditioning and our true selves--and how we can explore ALL that through art."
Ethan Moltz, Mom's student, made this memorial short for her service.
Jenny Bennett
Robin's Memorial Service, Pt 1. Ethan's mosaic short, Ethan's welcome, Fernando reading from Tom Robbins, Sandra singing 'Wind Beneath my Wings'
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Memorial pt 2/16. Robin's sister Tyne's speech; Eddy reading from GB SHaw; Stephanie reading Marianne Williams
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Memorial part 3: Emily, Fernando, Amina (JCP) sing selections from shows; Gary Williams (FCHS) speaks.
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Memorial Service, part 4. Ted Oppenheimer, president of the Oppenheimer Family Foundation, speaks; Jesse & Subuhi read Werner Ehrhart; Theresa, a graduating student, speaks. Theresa is going to study Theatre at UIUC, and in May 2010 was chosen as the first recipient of the Robin Bennett Scholarship!
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Memorial part 5: Willa Taylor, Education Director at the Goodman Theatre speaks and also reads a note from Richard Pettengill; Anna & Amina read from The Little Prince.
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Memorial part 6: Emily sings 'For Good', from the musical Wicked (Stephen Schwartz). PJ accompanies.
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Memorial part 7/16: Andrew Utter (alumni WPHS, Virginia) speaks.
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Part 8 of the Memorial. This is the first part of a film made by JCP students, faculty, staff, friends and parents. Much of it shot a few weeks prior to Robin's death for a retirement gift.
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Part 9 of the memorial, and part two of the video from Jones College Prep students, alumni, faculty, staff and parents.
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Part 10 of the memorial; part three of the video from JCP.
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Part 11 of the memorial; part 4 of the JCP video tribute.
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Memorial part 12: Gerron reads Aaron Freeman's 'Physicist at Your Funeral'; PJ performs the song she wrote for the occasion, 'Not Quite Long Life'
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Part 13: Jamie, Robin's son, speaks.
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Part 14: Barbra Cohn, representing The Friends of Jones announces the Robin Bennett Theatre Scholarship; Dr. Powers presents the plaque, renaming the theater at JCP the Robin Bennett Auditorium. To contribute to the scholarship, go to the DONATE tab on this site for info.
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Memorial part 15: Jenny, Robin's Daughter, speaks.
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Part 16 of the memorial, the end! Part 2 of Jenny's speech.
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"I don't know why I didn't know about this, but now I do. I miss you so much and feel cheated that we didn't get to grow old together. But, I feel strongly that you are some where doing wonderful things."
Mary Dee Rooney
March 21st, 2017
"I think of you when I see my children's plays; they know of you and your influence on me. My son loves the stage, a baritone angel. My daughter is fearless, a skilled scenic designer. In telling them about you, your influence lives on, Robin. <3"
Marykay Mentzer
August 12th, 2016
"Hi Robin! Memories of good times and new adventures at FCHS in the late 70's. Haven't stayed in touch, but never forgot. Best teacher EVER! New York visit, In White America, Man of LaMancha,The Fantasticks! So many people you taught life. Love you!"
Patrick McGarity
August 12th, 2016
"Oh Robin! How many times I have shared stories of you and all your wisdom about life, love and heartache in the theatre with my own daughters! Thank you for saving my life and sheltering me through many storms in and out of FCHS. I love you!"
Jodi Miller
June 12th, 2016
"Hi, Mom. Five years after you had to go, you've got two Granimals up there to canoodle with. Copper left a few weeks ago (poor J&M were gutted), and our sweet Skeeter departed just five days ago (we're heartbroken). Now they can snuggle with you."
Jenny Skeeterlover
November 10th, 2014
"I'm living only a block away from where "Raisin in the Sun" was set. You would get such a kick out of that, and my journey. Miss you every day."
Rachel Tingley
October 7th, 2014
"Honoring you on your birthday. Memories of roses, cookies, & the Russian Tea House. Love & Hugs. H"
Heidi Ash
May 28th, 2014
"Thinking of you on your special day. Roses, hugs, and cookies."
Heidi Ash
May 28th, 2013
"Wish you were here to see a show with on your 65th birthday~ Love you. Miss you."
Jenny B
May 28th, 2013
"Robin, the world is changing rapidly in so many ways. I miss intelligent, thoughtful conversation with you."
Heidi Ash
February 13th, 2013


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