Today's younger generation may be more used to getting their entertainment from the Internet or other high-tech sources than from the stage, but nothing can perhaps replace the magic of a live theater performance. Since 1974, the Tokyo Theatre for Children has been enchanting families with its productions and motto of "English-language theater for the young, and the young at heart."

After enjoying some of TTFC's performances with her two daughters, Australian Linda Polgar offered to help out with costumes for seven years and was pulled headfirst into the world of community theater. A trained architect and textile artist, she saw it as an opportunity to combine her love of design with fabrics and put her skills to good use.

"I got in touch with the woman who had been sewing their costumes for years, offering my services. She then told me she was leaving Japan and said, 'Do you want my job?' " Polgar said. There was no looking back.