"A THEATRES METAMORPHOSIS" by Ray Farrow
After Viewing Another Event at the Soper Reese Community Theatre
My partner and I are so glad that we indulged ourselves by attending the "Professional Pianists Concert", presented at the Soper Reese Community Theatre this past Saturday evening. We did so knowing that it would be a musical treat just like the performances that these talented musician have provided at their many concerts in Ukiah and as in Ukiah the Lake County audience shared a dynamic and exciting two hours of music-jazz, boogie, contemporary and classical. But that wasn't all we received, we also received the realization that we had been given the gift of a "community theatre " to enjoy it in.
Comments from the musicians, such as "the residents of Lake County should be grateful to have such an intimate and perfect theatre, it's so comfortable and it's so rare that performers have outstanding acoustics and sound system to work with". They were also appreciative of having what they thought to be an exceptionally fine grand piano to perform with and that was made possible by Clear Lake Performing Arts. The evenings enjoyment was certainly enhanced by having Six Sigma Wines and other goodies available during intermission, prepared and presented by the many volunteers who joyfully acted as ushers and servers. I thought to myself what a delightful community event and how I looked forward to enjoying many such events, but, I also realized that it wouldn't be possible without "our community theatre". yes "OUR (yours and mine) COMMUNITY THEATRE".
Sitting in my front row seat waiting for the performance to continue I couldn't help but think about the times when I was involved in presenting art shows in the lobby of the theatre and not being allowed into the auditorium because of dangers made possible from the theatre having fallen into disrepair and disintegration of the interior and the physical plant. What a metamorphosis the theatre has gone through over the past ten years, from a property closed by the Fire Department to an "intimate community theatre" lauded by internationally acknowledged professional musicians. Yes, as a community we should be grateful to and acknowledge all those who dreamed the dream and had the guts to make it possible.
The Soper Reese Community Theatre is one of the endeavors of the Lake County ARTS Council as is the Main Street Gallery and many other arts activities. It is an all volunteer organization from the President of the Board and Board members to the ushers at the theatre and gallery attendants. All of LCAC funding comes from it's membership dues, community fundraisers, donations, bequests, and a few grants. If such an endeavor is to survive in these challenging times we need to heed those words from the musicians "be grateful for such a great community theatre" and the organization that supports it by becoming a member or by making a donation-every five dollars helps and five thousand dollars makes many things possible.
Posted 3/28/2011 in Correspondence
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