Extending appreciation to the community

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There is a quote, “you have to have a dream in order for dreams to come true.” That phrase especially came to life at the Dorchester Center for the Arts (DCA) over these past few weeks. The organization’s board, staff and members have long held the belief that DCA as the County Arts Council, should strive to completely fill its role as Dorchester County’s Cultural Center. While there has always been a strong visual and instructional arts presence; the performing arts have played a lesser role with the occasional concert and small theater productions by the Dorchester Drama Guild. These performances have been enjoyed and appreciated by our constituents, but with the production of “Godspell,” these past two weekends, it was revealed just how much local theater can uplift the spirits, build relationships and strengthen a community.

Godspell sold out all six of its scheduled performances. The cast and crew worked for months to not only learn their parts, but to also reach out to the businesses and individuals for financial support. Musicals of this caliber require payment of royalty fees, and thanks to the sold out shows, and the cast members’ diligence, those royalties were more than covered and DCA also received proceeds to assist with its operating budget.

So, while I realize this style of writing is not typical for this column, I could not let the moment pass without expressing tremendous gratitude to everyone involved . . . cast, crew, staff, board members and volunteers, audience members and area businesses. I witnessed a community united behind the arts and the positive message of caring for each other. I watched as people laughed, cried and sang along with the cast, bringing joy to all in attendance, building confidence in performers, and instilling pride from family and friends in not only the performers, but also in what can be accomplished when we all work together.

Simply stated, “Thank you so very much” to Director Laura Todd; cast members
Travis Todd, Chad Malkus, Makayla Hernandez, Jason Jones, Jana Robinson, Lauren Shockley, Sharon Gilroy, CJ Barnes, Melissa Wise Slacum, Posey Lewis, Jennifer McGlaughlin, all of the production crew, band members, staff, and volunteers who worked to make these memorable performances possible. Additional thanks extend to all of the vendors and individuals, who purchased ads in the program, showing your belief in the importance of the arts and what the economic, educational and quality of life benefits they provide. Your support did not go unnoticed and we are truly grateful.
Annual Members Show And Sale 2015

The Dorchester Center for the Arts Annual Members Show and Sale is now underway, featuring the work of DCA members age 18 and older. Entries are original works of the exhibiting artists completed within the past year.

The show runs through Feb. 28 and is sponsored by 1880 Bank. An artists’ reception will be held on Feb. 15 from 5 – 7:30 p.m. For more information visit dorchestartarts.org or call 410-228-7782.
Editor’s note: Spectrum is the weekly column of the Dorchester Arts Center. It is written by Mickey Love, executive director.

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