"Our mission is to enrich the Greater Greer Community by providing affordable arts opportunities through exposure, education, and outreach."
GCAC operates under the City of Greer, for more information about other Greer Parks and Recreation Activities such as Sports, Facility Reservation, Senior Citizen Programs and Greer Events please go to www.CityofGreer.org.
SOURCE: GOUPSTATE.COM | AUTHOR: MURRAY GLENN | PUBLISHED: MONDAY, NOVEMBER 17, 1997
The city's recreation department is headed in a new direction, one that involves curtain calls, props and fancy costumes.
A department subcommittee, known as the Greer Cultural Arts Council, is in the process of opening a children's theater. The group plans to hire a part-time director to lead the effort and have its first performance in April. "We need it," said Erin Williams, a committee member. "There is a huge gap in cultural arts that needs to be filled. There is a lot of talent out there, but you have to go to Greenville or Spartanburg to perform."
Organizers hope to get a cross section of the community participating in the program. "We really want to serve all areas of the community," Williams said. "They (the children) will gain good experience that they will be able to use the rest of their lives."
The committee has adopted bylaws. The group plans to perform at Greer High School and rehearse at the recreation department. The director's job is funded by the city, and the committee plans to hire the director by Jan. 1.
The group has not made any decisions about targeted age groups. Williams said the decision will be made by the new director. Brent Taylor, assistant director of the recreation department, said organizers eventually hope to expand the program to include adult performances.
The group recently received a $5,000 donation from Deb and Al Peabody, owners of Poinsett Place in Greer. The effort also needs help in stage construction, costume design, makeup, music and a variety of other tasks related to the performance, according to Taylor. The organizing committee is hosting a meeting for volunteers Thursday.
For more information, call Taylor at 848-2190.
"We are really committed to making this work and hiring a professional person to get this going," Taylor said.