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Annual Dinner 2019 Recap


The Annual Dinner on Wednesday, February 27th was a great success. We had a fantastic evening celebrating our 2018 Citizen, Business, and Partner in Business of the Year. If you weren’t able to make it, the video presentations for each of the award recipients are linked below:

2018 Citizen of the Year – Leah Gesing
2018 Business of the Year – Matric Group
2018 Partner in Business of the Year – Barrow-Civic Theatre

Thank you to:

Our Presenting sponsor – Clarion University Venango

Our Dinner sponsors – Franklin Oil Region Credit Union and Sam Breene

Our Reception sponsors – Representative R. Lee James, Klapec Auto Body, Matric Group, and Caldwell Printing Services

And thank you to Cross Creek Resort, our host for the evening!

Partner in Business of the Year: Barrow-Civic Theatre


barrowThe 2018 Partner in Business Award goes to the Barrow-Civic Theatre (BCT), owned and operated by the Franklin Civic Operetta Association (FCOA).  The FCOA’s mission is to be a leader in the cultural growth, diversity, and vitality of the region, with a vision to provide opportunities for quality programming and entertainment by tapping the resources of all age groups and encouraging the pursuit of artistic talents.

The FCOA celebrated it’s 25th anniversary in 2018 and had a full schedule of events, presenting award-winning literature from a diverse array of genre.

With a commitment to improving processes, staff made major updates to production guidelines by streamlining the process. Multi-member production teams developed into a new standard, ushering in several non-board members as FCOA show producers and members of the Programming Committee.

BCT’s Little Theatre maintained a lively schedule of events. The Off-Barrow Committee completed an internal review over the summer and created a Committee Overview document for the Board Development Committee. A production of the play Wait Until Dark was a great hit in November, selling out several shows, and proving the Little Theatre is a special and unique downtown venue for smaller plays and events.

The first phase of building improvements began in the Little Theatre over the holidays. A new technical booth featuring an audio snake, light board, and new stage are part of the improvements. Barrow

The Youth Theatre program produces annual shows and workshops that allow our area’s youth to develop skills in all aspects of theater. The program encourages parent participation, and the staff continue to work as a team to empower each young participant.

The Barrow Theatre Institute (BTI), a series of after school, evening, and weekend classes and workshops taught by local instructors is gaining momentum and hopes to recognize continual growth in registrants and classes offered.

Another educational event included an Artist In Residence, in collaboration with Erie Arts & Culture (EAC) and Pennsylvania Partner for the Arts (PPA).  Two Teaching Artists spent several weeks working with local youth to install a mosaic tile installation for the entrance to The Little Theatre (see left).  The finished product tells the stories the participating youth gathered to answer the question “Why Franklin?”  This is a much-needed, vibrant and colorful update to the facade of the Little Theatre.

2018 was an active and productive year for the FCOA Board Development committee. A Board Retreat was held in September, focused on values and Board roles.

The theatre presented over 100 ticket vouchers to area non-profits for fundraisers.  The theatre was represented at downtown events and FCOA cast members attended festivals and concerts in the park to promote shows, and the theatre opened its doors for concessions and rest room facilities.

Many building improvements were made or begun in 2018, including the replacement of pumps and one of the boiler units.  Staff members painted the outside alley wall, a much-needed improvement to the cosmetics of the building. Additional improvements included the replacement of two damaged doors, as well as carpet throughout the building.

“The opening of the Barrow-Civic Theatre 25 years ago was a dream come true. Today, this organization is still making dreams come true for performers and the community,” said Zach Covington, Executive Director.

The Barrow-Civic Theatre will be honored at our Annual Dinner on Wednesday, February 27.

This article was published in the Venango Area Chamber of Commerce’s February 2019 VenangoWorks! Newsletter.

Barrow-Civic Little Theatre Begins Renovations, Seeks Volunteers


BCTFranklin Civic Operetta Association’s Off-Barrow Committee is starting Phase One of improvements to their production space at the Barrow-Civic Little Theatre. Projects include removing the existing stage and rebuilding a newer, safer stage, rebuilding the tech booth, and enclosing the display window.

Please consider if you can volunteer in the effort to improve this venue during the theatre’s holiday shut-down, December 26-30. Contact Off-Barrow Chair Casey McVay with any questions at caseylmcvay@gmail.com, or sign up to volunteer at goo.gl/forms/YFkCWlNooT6Nt0iu2.

 

This article was published in the Venango Area Chamber of Commerce’s December 2018 edition of the VenangoWorks! Newsletter.

Christmas Tree Extravaganza Returns to Barrow


christmastree2-629x240The Venango County Association for the Blind will again participate in the Barrow-Civic Theatre Christmas Tree Extravaganza. Their tree has become a way for the community to honor loved ones over the years. With a donation, a handmade ornament will be made featuring your loved one’s name and will be displayed on their tree. This is a meaningful way to pay tribute to family or friends. In addition, your gift will make a difference in the lives of blind and visually impaired individuals in the community by helping them continue needed services.

To make a donation, send your name, address, donation and ornament personalization to: Venango County Association for the Blind, PO Box 515 Seneca, PA 16346. You can also make a donation by visiting the tree at the theatre, where ornaments and envelopes will be available. Trees will remain on display in the lobby through December 21.

This article was published in the Venango Area Chamber of Commerce’s December 2018 edition of the VenangoWorks! Newsletter.