As a line started to form at the entrance to
"It's exciting," he said. "I feel like an expectant father."
That seemed like an appropriate metaphor, since what was being born on that Wednesday evening was the start of a new cultural and artistic endeavor in
"It's good -- and crazy -- and energetic," Badger said as she watched the crowd file into the auditorium at
The production, which runs through
In the moments before the lights went down in the auditorium, the actors walked out on stage, and the show began, Badger and DiCerbo walked to the front of the stage to address the crowd and to explain that this was not your average community theater production, but the start of something much bigger than that.
"Welcome to our very first play, our very first theatrical endeavor," DiCerbo said. "Your presence here is most definitely noted -- and appreciated."
Badger, the founding director of the CPN Arts & Theatre Center, and DiCerbo, its executive director, noted that they were excited to be bringing the community its first local production, the Pulitzer Prize-winning comedy by
Their next step: to launch a fundraising drive to raise
"We are now one year old," DiCerbo said, adding that originally, he and Badger wanted a place in the
But their ambitions got stronger in the months that followed, he added.
"That idea blossomed into a community arts and theater center," he said. "Now we're here tonight for our first play."
Badger said their concept really is about more than just theater. They ultimately hope to make the center a place that brings the entire community together.
It will hopefully be, she added, "a place where people can gather together and create art together. That's the whole vision and purpose -- yes, it's arts and theater, but the whole idea is that
As part of that, Badger and DiCerbo had encouraged patrons attending the opening night to bring canned goods to donate, which would be given to One Heart for Women and Children, the charitable organization based in
"That's the whole idea, to build greater relationships," Badger said. "Part of the vision is to create a more connected community."
And with that, Badger again thanked the audience for attending, and then the lights went down in the auditorium, and came up on the stage, and the show was on.
"You Can't take It With You" continues tonight through Saturday, with performings at
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