I support Searcy's Center on the Square Dinner Theater by volunteering to photograph the final rehearsal of each of their performances. I asked Patrick Reilly, Director for COS's current play to select a few of his favorite photos for you, and to tell us a little about his experience with the theater.
Hello, my name is Patrick Reilly. I am the owner of Quality Office, Inc. here in Searcy. I have been a resident of Searcy for twenty-eight years. I am a big believer in volunteering in and supporting your local community. Searcy is a great place to live and work; great communities don't just happen - they require intentional involvement.
One of the ways that I have been volunteering for the past few years is giving of my time and skills at Center on the Square. Center on the Square is a local performing arts theater. They put on several main stage productions, KidStage programs, and dessert theatre productions each year. COTS is located on West Arch - just off the square in Searcy.
I started by volunteering to help build the sets for the plays. From there - I auditioned for my first show, and, to date, I have acted in six shows. My next step - the one I am involved in currently - is directing. I directed, along with an assistant director - Karen Alford - the play Bull in a China Shop. There are twelve cast members in this particular show. I have to say that because of their talent they have made me look like I really knew what I was doing! Bull in a China Shop, written by C.B. Guilford, is a great story - and the cast tells it well.
We all have gifts that God has given us. I would challenge anyone to find a place here in your community to put those gifts to use - make it an intentional involvement.
Click on the Community tab at the top of this page to find more photos from this hilarious play. To get tickets to this and future performances at Center on the Square go to http://www.centeronthesquare.org/