“Pete wrote a pretty extensive memoir, which I think he completed in 2013. And Alberta passed away in 2009. He wrote the book as a way of documenting their lives together for his children and grandchildren. It some ways, it was also a form of grief therapy,” Schiller said.
She said, the memoir came into the hands of our current mayor, Steve Miller. Last summer, he brought it to me and said, ‘You really should read this, it’s fascinating. Here is a couple, who grew up in the Fairfield area. They were teenagers about the same time that Fairfield was being incorporated as a city. It’s a beautiful story, maybe we could do something with it.’
“I met with Pete later that summer. We talked about his life with Alberta. And, we talked about what we could do with this to showcase a slice of life in Fairfield,” Schiller said.
Cast locally, the role of Pete Groh will be played by Christian Sansone, and the role of Alberta Groh will be played by her granddaughter, Mary Kathryn Groh, a Fairfield resident and a junior at Miami Hamilton. Rehearsals for the show started on Sept. 12.
“The reason why I chose the title, ‘From Little Things,’ is because Pete and Alberta’s life is really storybook. They had a wonderful life together and raised four children. Theatrically speaking, what makes good theater is conflict,” Schiller said.
The conflict that was apparent was the break-up. Another girl came between them, and they broke up. They were separated for nine months, and they dated other people. They got back together on a fluke. Then, Pete makes a point of saying, he basically took her hand, and he never let it go for 50-plus years.
“That was the sweet story to tell. It’s all the little things from when they started dating. And all those little things built upon each other to the point of having a beautiful marriage,” Schiller said.
How to go
What: “From Little Things”
When: 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 4, and Saturday, Nov. 5
Where: Fairfield Community Arts Center, 411 Wessel Drive, Fairfield
Admission: Tickets are $18 for adults and $15 for seniors, students. Call the FCAC Box Office at (513) 867-5348 or purchase online at www.fairfield-city.org/tickets.
More info: www.fairfield-city.org/events