Plymouth: Opening night at last for long anticipated arts center

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.

 

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About Bobbi Clark

Bobbi Clark is a Plymouth area reporter at WATD. She began her career in radio as a producer at a news/talk radio station in Chicago. From there she went to WMAQ-TV, the NBC owned and operated television station in Chicago, As a producer there, she won 5 Emmy Awards for production of special programming. Bobbi is a graduate of Emerson College, with a degree in Writing, Publishing and Literature.