Time goes by so quickly. It seems like yesterday that I was writing to thank you for the support you give to the Spring Lake Community House. It is a truly unusual and remarkable place that seems to become more special with each passing year. The 2015-2016 Spring Lake Theatre Company season began with a spectacular production of Mary Poppins; this was a tremendous undertaking, but thanks to our wonderful production and design staff we were able to present a Broadway-quality show to sold out audiences. We even had to add performances to accommodate the number of enthusiastic patrons! Our 33rd annual production of Scrooge last December, a treasured holiday tradition for many local families, was sold out for all twelve performances as well.
Last December, we launched our first patron survey in which we asked guests to choose the plays and musicals they would most like to see on our stage. Our 2016-2017 schedule reflected those choices and I’m very pleased to say that the current season is the most successful we have ever had. This is extremely important because the Community House financially depends upon a combination of ticket sales from our theatre productions, tuition for our children’s performing arts programs, and most importantly the generosity of our faithful donors to keep the doors open. It is a great task to keep this beautiful and historic building maintained in the manner that it was originally intended! Many do not realize that the Community House is a 501(c)(3) organization completely separate from the Borough of Spring Lake which receives no federal, state or local funding. It is ONLY through the generosity of our supporters that we are able to continue to do the wonderful things we do! Every penny that is donated to the Community House goes directly towards the care and maintenance of the building and all of the magnificent programs that take place here.
Our children’s Dance and Theatre Workshop program, the first and best of its kind anywhere in Monmouth and Ocean counties, continues to flourish. This past June was a bittersweet time for everyone involved in Spring Lake Theatre and Dance as we said goodbye to Colleen Magovern Mangan, a beloved teacher and driving force behind our dance program, when she moved to North Carolina with her family. While we are very happy for Colleen, Mike, Rose and Sean and it was heartbreaking to say goodbye, we are excited looking to the future as she left the program in very capable hands and it continues to thrive each day inside the walls of the Community House based on the foundation she laid.
The Upper Gallery is another part of our effort to use the building to the fullest possible extent. Under the caring guidance of Suzan Carr, the beautiful Upper Gallery stages three separate exhibits of the works of local artists each year. Please be sure to stop by whenever the building is open to view the beautiful artwork on display!
The Community House is also the home of the Spring Lake Public Library, which is the most charming and inviting one I have ever seen. It is much more than just books; there is always a special speaker or author scheduled. The library also sponsors music programs for small children at the Community House.
There truly is “always something wonderful happening here”. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for your continued support in all that we do.
For the Board of Trustees