SARASOTA, Fla. - This week, we honor Elizabeth Goldstein, for 20 years Music Director, Choir master and Organist at the First United Methodist Church in Downtown Sarasota. She is currently preparing for their big Christmas Concert and Community Sing coming up this weekend.
She also started the women's choir called "The Belle Canto".
Elizabeth was born in Wilmington, North Carolina. She showed promise at the piano at a very early age and attended Indiana University to study music.
She was just starting on Broadway when she was booked into "My Fair Lady" by Bob Turoff.
When Turoff came to Sarasota and started the Golden Apple Dinner Theatre he cast Elizabeth into a show. She loved Sarasota so much she moved here.
That was 40 years ago and she's still here. She went on to act, sing and perform in many venues and shows around the suncoast. She married, sold real estate and had a son, Todd.
Then tragedy struck. In Sept. she broke her foot while in Italy, her dog, her companion for many years, died, and in Oct. her beloved son, 38 year old Todd, died.
She's dwelt with the tragedy with the help of good, close friends, and her music.
As for her life lesson for the rest of us, she says "Always have a plan B".
In Show Biz, Church Choirs, and every day life, plans often go wrong, but be flexible and ready to adjust, because the show must go on.