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What’s happening at the Springville Center for the Arts this spring?

By Alex Simmons

The Springville Center for the Arts always has programs going on, and from April to June, programs will begin to pile up in preparation for summer!

The art gallery is always open for visitors. This spring, the arts center is including “The Collection of Bruce Blair.” Exhibit dates are from April 17 through June 1.

Whether you have little artistic skill or have no artistic skill at all, printmaking could be a fun class for you!

Printmaking uses linoleum block printing techniques.

You can work at your own pace to create one to two color prints. If you already have experience, you can use other techniques such as reduction printing or pattern printing.

The class is with Mary Anderson and limited to eight people, 16 and older. All materials provided at the cost of $60/$52 member.

The center always has things going on for the young ones. Spark! Is a creativity program for kids aged 2 to 5 that meets Tuesdays from 10 a.m. to noon.

“Getting your hands dirty is a given, getting covered head to toe in paint is a good possibility.”

The class began March 26 but goes through June 18. Note, there will be no classes April 23 or May 7. Take part in 11 sessions for $77.

The Songwriters Showcase is a night of songwriters originals.

This year features Lydia Herren and Nick Kody, Tamala Fonda (Porcelain Train), Joe and Robin Bacon (Meet the Bacons) and the Panfil Brothers (Mark and Chris Panfil).

The concert is on April 13 at 7 p.m. Tickets are $15 at the door, $12 presale.

“The Music Man,” directed by Don Wesley and music direction by Doris Jones, comes to the Arts Center May 16 to 19 and 24 to 26.

This is the “same directing team as ‘Annie,’ and it was a huge success,” mentioned Seth Wochensky, Executive Director of the Springville Center for the Arts. “The Music Man” tells the story of Harold Hill, “a traveling salesman as he cons the people of River City, Iowa.”

Wochensky exclaims that, “It’s gonna be really successful, so we encourage people to get tickets in advance.”

May 16 is Pay What You Can with a Can.

Shows are May 16 to 18, 24 and 25 at 7:30 p.m. and May 19 and 26 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $15 general, $12 student and senior, $10 group of 15-plus.

Coming soon to the SCA is Opera Lytes.

It is “not like regular opera,” Wochensky said. Opera Lytes stages the works of Gilbert and Sullivan. They bring light opera and musical theater to stages across Western New York. Details will follow.

The Children’s theater interns who are responsible for running the summer programs, will be arriving in May.

“This year we are hoping to add a music education intern,” Wochensky added.

The “Signups will be online for summer programs, by mid-April.” Summer Programs are listed online at http://springvillearts.org/sca/

On June 15 from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m., the Springville Center for the Arts will be hosting their annual Gala. The Gala consists of music, mini golf, basket raffle and, of course, food!

It is a nice evening under the stars to listen to music and enjoy the company of friends.

“Gala tickets are on sale now,” Wochensky said.

A $30 ticket includes mini-golf, food and drink. Kids under 21 are free. Call 592-9038 for tickets.

The center is “now partnering with the Village of Springville and the Town of Concord” to provide the free Summer Concert series.

There will be different styles of music and possibly some of our local food trucks, Wochensky said. They are looking to “expand their audience” and are considering moving the concerts to Heritage Park.

There is so much happening at the Springville Center for the Arts in the next couple months, so make sure to get those tickets and enjoy the upcoming performances!

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