Diane and Keven Longfield are all dressed up for their 40th anniversary theatre fundraiser for PALs (Sarah Constible).
Diane sang in the chorus of Pirates of Penzance, and my buddy Nick Rice played Deadeye Dick. Of course I went to every performance, and every night Nick gave Diane a big kiss -- too big, I thought.
—Kevin Longfield, actor
Theatre brought them together and theatre has kept them together. Now as they mark 40 years of marriage, Diane and Kevin Longfield feel it's time to give back.
They are celebrating their anniversary by putting on a show to raise money for Performing Arts Lodge, or PAL Winnipeg. PALs are subsidized housing for theatre artists in need, usually retired artists.
SCENE asked Kevin to reflect back on their years of theatre together:
Diane and I will celebrate 40 years on May 18, but if you were to subtract theatre time from those 40 years, our marriage would probably be half that long -- less, if you include the probability of us staying together without theatre. Two examples show how theatre helped to strengthen our relationship:
We are that cliché couple that were high school sweethearts. One of the first challenges that we faced was the green-eyed monster. Diane sang in the chorus of Kelvin high school's Pirates of Penzance, and my buddy Nick Rice played Deadeye Dick. Of course I went to every performance, and every night Nick gave Diane a big kiss -- too big, I thought. I had to convince myself that Nick wouldn't stoop so low as to steal my girlfriend, and eventually I learned that trust is more valuable to a relationship than jealousy.