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Supporting the arts

Take your hands off your wallets.

Headline notwithstanding, this isn't a pledge drive or capital campaign.

You know - and you trust - the Fitton Center for Creative Arts to present dozens of top-flight performances every year.

From the splashy Showstoppers on the main stage (hello, Goodbye Yellow Brick Road) to our intimate Celebrating Self series in the Ballroom.

From Fitton Family Fridays, to Jazz & Cabaret (yaasss, Drag 2.5). Hamilton and the surrounding areas rely on Fitton for quality productions. To say nothing of gallery shows, workshops, classes, summer camps and community outreach. Fitton provides a wide range of powerful art experiences to thousands, frequently at little or no cost to the public.

Yet if we learned anything from Spiderman, we know with great power comes great responsibility.

Which is why we often make our resources available to other arts organizations.

Our Community Gallery welcomed student artists from Badin High School April 29. They hung their latest exhibition - It Started With an Idea - in advance of a May 2 to 12 run that culminates in an artist's celebration and piano recital. More than 150 artists and musicians participate in the process.

Performing Arts Inc. offers three shows - Frozen Kids, Newsies Jr. and Music Man Jr. - on our main stage this weekend. (The cute factor for the 4- to 10-year-olds in the in the Frozen cast wandering the halls has been particularly high.) PAI hosts auditions here next month for its next couple of shows - Annie Kids and Matilda Junior - scheduled to run in August.

Once the youngsters move out, our friends from The Story Collective move in for the hilarious The Musical of Musicals: The Musical!, running May 10 to 15. Young in a different way - the organization is barely a year old - TSC's founders established a professional theater company north of the 275 loop.

We are happy they found a home at the Fitton Center.

While these shows are not Fitton Center productions, we are proud to provide a place for their artists to learn themselves while entertain their audiences.

That's a great way to support the arts; plant the seeds and let them grow.

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