It’s been a long time coming, but Friday night is the grand opening of the Spire Center for the Performing Arts in downtown Plymouth. The Center is located in a historic building that was originally a Methodist church, and most recently was used by the Congregation Beth Jacob as a community center.
Bob Hollis of Plymouth Community Theatre has long been a successful presence in the performing arts scene in town. But until recently, the theatre group could only dream about having a permanent home. Hollis says the group petitioned the town through the Community Preservation Committee:
“So, they were the most instrumental—they wanted to preserve the building. We went to the town meeting. They passed, 3 to 1 margin, to purchase the building, and then beyond that we’ve raised about $120,000 in the last year to do all the other improvements we needed to do to make it a state of the arts performance facility.”
Opening night will feature a variety of performances, Hollis says:
“We’ll have some jazz acts, and folk Americana, some light rock, some theatre –Shakespeare, some comedy—and it’s just going to be a fun night where everyone can come together and say, look what we’ve created—and now it’s here.”
The event begins at 7 p.m. Friday with an official ribbon cutting ceremony by town officials at The Spire’s front entrance. Then the show goes on.