January Voices of the Theatre


How important are the Arts to a community?


January 31, 2013                                                                            By: Kathy Windrem and Mike Adams


How important are the arts to a community? The arts surround us every day in ways we may not realize; the design of our cars, the organization of our community, and the style of the buildings we build. The arts are reflected in the style of our dress, which reflects our own artistic expression of self. The arts are reflected in the movies we attend, the books we read, and the music we enjoy. The arts are the conduit by which our more inner and personal selves are expressed. When we admire the artwork at the Lake County Arts Council’s First Friday Fling, enjoy a poem at a writers’ workshop, appreciate a quilt made by our ancestors, mother or a friend, or when we watch dancers at the Soper-Reese Theatre, we experience the arts at a personal level. The arts express the personal artistic side in all of us, bringing us together through their various mediums. The significance of the arts to a community and to the individual cannot be underestimated. Without art, a community - and individuals - cannot thrive. When a community comes together to celebrate the arts, the flood of negative information from world conflicts, personal tragedy or political discourse may be seen in a different perspective.

The arts play an important role in the development of our youth. Whether learning to create art, appreciate art, or studying art forms, their lives are enriched and their communities benefit. In our Lake County schools the arts are integral to children’s development. Music, dramatic and literary exposure help them to grow and develop into interesting adults.

Coming events:
• New Vintage Productions presentation – “Night at the Speak Easy” – Saturday, February 9, 7pm
• Second Tuesday Classic Movies – “Pillow Talk” – Tuesday, February 12. Preview 1pm; Showing 6pm
• Third Friday Live – Presents “Blue Collar” – Friday, February 15, and “The Funky Dozen” on Friday, March 15, 7pm both nights
• The Lake County Arts Council annual Winter Music Fest; February 23, 7pm and February 24, 2pm
• Lake County Live – Live on stage radio broadcast on KPFZ 88.1 FM, Sunday, February 24, 6pm
• Professional Pianists’ Concert – Benefit for the Lake County Friends of Mendocino College – Sunday, March 10, 3pm. Featuring: Elena Casanova, Tom Ganoung, Tom Aiken, David Neft, Elizabeth MacDougal and Spencer Brewer
• Bob Culbertson – “Celtic Waters” CD release, featuring special guests – Saturday, March 16, 7pm

Finally, the Soper-Reese Community Theatre had the honor of hosting a celebration of 30 years of Bill Noteman and the Rockets. Out of retirement for this event, Bill and the Rockets rocked the house, reminding us of the importance of the arts and relationships in a community. Congratulations Bill, and thank you for enriching our community. We look forward to a return performance in January 2014, since we have now dubbed January “Bill Noteman and the Rockets Month” at the Soper-Reese Community Theatre.

Tickets for events are available at The Travel Center in the Shoreline Shopping Center, Monday through Friday 9 am to 5 pm. The Theatre box office is always open 2 hours before show time on the day of any event, and will be open again on Fridays from 10:30 am to 5:30 pm, starting on June 22. Tickets can also be purchased online at

For all the latest in information, tickets and more go to, and we’ll see you at the theatre.

Posted 2/4/2013 in Voice Of The Theatre

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