Dr. Denise Reed, North Coast Chorale director and KMUN radio host:
“There is a lot of community support for keeping the PAC open as a performance space. The Astoria Sunday Market has pledged $2000 and we are hearing a groundswell of support for this cause. This is a community that was able to save the Liberty Theater: the PAC is equally important to community based groups such as the North Coast Chorale, the North Coast Symphonic Band, Little Ballet Theater, KMUN Troll Radio Review, the North Oregon Coast Symphony and many others.”
Juanita Price, 2011 George Award winner for community service, former branch librarian of the AAUW in Astoria, and active with the National Alliance on Mental Illness recalls the early days of the PAC and its Tuesday Noon Concerts:
“The public starting showing up at these concerts and talks, because people didn’t want to go up the hill [to the main college campus]. The Brownsmead Flats performed in an atmosphere similar to many free noon concerts you see in bigger cities. In addition to music, dance and theater, the PAC has been used for political forums, speeches, lectures and other AAUW events, even in the early years. I can’t imagine the town without the PAC.”
Jeanne Peterson, National Dance Week regional director,
director Little Ballet Theatre, Inc. and Maddox Dance Studio
“For the past 25 years, the Young Choreographers Showcase, hosted by Arts and Ideas of Clatsop Community College, has showcased the creative, talented dancers of the North Coast.
Every year has seen capacity audiences (200-235) exclaiming about the quality of the performances and supporting these talented young dancers, many of whom have gone on to professional careers, being inspired by the opportunity that was given by CCC, to present their work!
For the past eleven years, Clatsop College has welcomed the Tap Dance Festival which also has capacity audiences. The performers come from the Portland area, and our local area. The wonderful sound system in the PAC, is alive with the dance music and the sound of the sparkling taps!
The Tap Dance Festival is held in conjunction with the National Dance Week celebration where dancers all over the country bring dance into the lives of many!
We are extremely grateful to CCC for this opportunity to present our dancers in this lovely, intimate, theater setting. The stage, lighting, sound, and ambience of this theater make it another jewel in the crown of performing arts venues for our north Coast area.
The size of the theater, the accommodations for dressing areas for the performers, is wonderful!
Many years ago, there was the Viking Theater in Astoria, where the parking lot of Wells Fargo bank is now. That theater was a fabulous place for local and visiting talent. When it was demolished for the current bank, there was nowhere comparable to go until Clatsop College determined that the old Lutheran Church, should become the Performing Arts Center!
We, of Little Ballet Theatre and the Maddox Studio, sincerely appreciate the opportunity to perform there and to attend events in that very special place!”
David L. Hall, President, Board of Directors, Tillicum Foundation
“The PAC has been an important venue to us as the site of our monthly broadcast of the Troll Radio Revue on KMUN and KTCB as well as many other concerts which are either sponsored or supported by Coast Community Radio. We believe the PAC is an important asset in the cultural life of the community.”
Keith Clark, Director – Astoria Music Festival
“You might be interested in knowing of the Astoria Music Festival’s activities in the PAC this summer. From June 13-July 1, 2012, the PAC served as the center for our Astoria Music Festival Vocal and Instrumental Apprenticeship Programs. Twenty-two advanced young opera singers from throughout the USA and Canada attended languages classes, voice lessons, master classes, and staging rehearsals, culminating in two sold-out performances of Mozart’s “The Magic Flute” in a unique fully-staged production set in Astoria. Thirteen Instrumental Apprentices, including several local musicians, participated in the opera and played chamber music all over town. The PAC was also the venue for a mixed-media concert by Academy Award-winning video artist and the Los Angeles Virtuosi as well as a public master class with Metropolitan Opera soprano Ruth Ann Swenson and our students.
Our Apprenticeship Program has provided training to over 250 students in the past decade and has become an important educational activity at the national level. This would not have been possible without the wonderful PAC facilities. We’ll do all we can to help preserve it!”
Janet Bowler, Board Member, North Coast Symphonic Band
“The North Coast Symphonic Band has used the Performing Arts Center (PAC) at Clatsop Community College for rehearsals and performances since the band’s inception in the fall of 1979. The opening of the PAC as a community performing arts center in the late 1970s was one reason that our group came into existence and we have depended on the building ever since. Without this facility, the NCSB would be hard pressed to find storage for our music library and extensive percussion collection or alternate rehearsal facilities for our large group of 50+ members. The PAC is the perfect size for medium and small audiences.
It is a goal of the NCSB to keep our concerts affordable and open to as many members of the public as possible. Performing low cost concerts at the PAC helps us retain our loyal audience of locals. The NCSB welcomes the chance to work with other performing groups and Clatsop College to develop a coordinated plan to sustain our groups and keep affordable arts events available in the community.”
Jim Huber, Board Member, Astoria Chamber Players
“Our group, formed just a few years ago from selected players from the North Coast Symphonic Band and the North Oregon Coast Symphony, relies on the PAC for our performances. The size and layout are ideal for all sizes of groups, including chamber music. The stage is more than ample in size for most any group, and all of the seats in the house feature good views of the stage, with the seats themselves being comfortable and in excellent condition. Acoustics are very good for live, unamplified performances; and the sounds of strings, voice, and wind instruments are very clean and warm throughout the hall. The interior is quiet, with no discernible outside noise during performances. There are two large secure rooms adjacent to the stage that are ideal for storing all of the required equipment; such as risers, music stands, and large percussion instruments. All of this equipment is there, at the ready. In all of this, the Performing Arts Center stands as a model for how a community venue ought to be designed and function.”