For some local performers, the stage really is a family affair. Daugherty got her start in part because her father, George Daugherty, became involved in the Light Opera Guild in the 1960s.
The Charleston Light Opera Guild is among the area's oldest performing groups. Formed in 1949, it is dedicated to the classic American musical. The group was the springboard for Jennifer Garner and has a reputation for presenting professional-quality productions.
Daugherty said opera guild matron Nina Pasinetti was her high school geometry teacher. "It was great to get to know her as an adult and a friend, and not just a teacher."
Charleston is fortunate to have several local theater groups. Kanawha Players typically presents more dramatic fare. Children's Theatre has performances for younger children. The Contemporary Youth Arts Company, founded in 1995 by Dan and Penny Kehde, presents original plays and musicals geared to teens and young adults.
Daugherty said it is not uncommon for children to follow their parents into community theater. The Light Opera Guild has several examples where parents, children and even grandchildren have become involved in the stage.
But while theater families share each others' joys, they also share their sorrows.
When well-known Light Opera Guild performer Michael Anthony Barnes died unexpectedly in January at age 29, his guild family held a special memorial at the Capitol Center Theater.
Tributes and condolences filled the Light Opera Guild's Facebook page. "So sad to hear of the passing of our Charleston Light Opera Guild Inc. brother, Michael Anthony Barnes," said one.
"Thank you, friends, for a beautiful celebration of the life of a beautiful person," wrote another.