Support The Amazing Artistic Talent In Our Town
By JOHN M. DERBY
September 5, 2019
After attending the opening season performance
of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat at Playhouse
Merced, we realized, once again, how much talent we have
in our local community and the surrounding valley.
This does not come by accident.
None of this would be possible without the dedication of
hundreds, and maybe thousands of people valley-wide.
In the case of Playhouse Merced, none of the money needed
to put on these kinds of productions year after year, comes
from state or federal sources. All the support they receive
comes from local sources like St. Paul’s School, which
sponsored the first performance of the season.
This year, every one of the performances of the Playhouse
Merced has a sponsor.
Playhouse Merced is certainly not the only artistic endeavor
in town or in the valley. The Multicultural Art Center,
and both Merced College and UC Merced have scheduled performances
and artist shows this coming year.
The Merced Theatre Foundation provides another publicly
supported venue for both the visual arts and performing
When we add the high schools like Buhach Colony High in
Atwater with its excellent plays, and then spread out into
the county with the Denair Gaslight Theatre and beyond,
there is no end to all that is being done on stage.
Our support of all this talent is essential and without
it, there would be far less accomplished. We can not and
should not depend on government to finance the arts. People
who appreciate the arts need to be the backbone of support.
Attendance at these performances is also essential. Without
an audience there is nothing.
This is why, we must encourage everyone to support the arts
in our community. Support the arts with our donations and
support the arts with our volunteers. Support the arts with
our personal involvement and finally support the arts with
There is one more thing that we can do to support the arts
in our community. Since most of the people do not get paid
for their participation in the arts and performances like
Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, when you see
them on the street or in their work place, let them know
what a great job they have done.
In terms of support that kind of comment works wonders.