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Posted on Feb 23, 2019

QVAA celebrates 20 years with showcase

Quincy Valley Allied Arts will celebrate two decades of performances with a look back at some of its most memorable shows.
The community arts group will put on a 20th Anniversary Showcase, a mashup of songs from all the shows the QVAA has played in that time.
Marie Jamison, president of the board of directors of the QVAA, says the mashup has a storyline behind it, written by Sherri Kooy.
“With so many songs, the story kind of told itself,” said Jamison, who added that the showcase performance includes parts of songs. Otherwise, she said, the show would last a lot longer than 90 minutes.
Another reason for having just part of a song is that to buy all the music they wanted and perform it like they wanted to, they would have had to buy the rights for every show. And over 20 years, that’s a lot of money.
“There’s no way we could afford to do that, and that’s one of the reasons why we are only allowed to do snippets of some pieces and why we can’t have a full orchestra this year,” she said. “If we had an orchestra we would have to buy all the music for the orchestra and it’s a couple of thousands of dollars per show.”
Instead, the show will rely on a piano, violin and percussion instruments.
A former resident of Mattawa who also performed there, she has seen theater companies in her old hometown be born, grow and ultimately shut doors while QVAA keeps on putting out shows. Jamison credits community support as the reason that QVAA has reached the 20-year mark. Board members have put in the time, schools have lent stages, and the community has kept on buying tickets for the annual musical, children’s theater, summer theater, and the Christmas concert.
Furthermore, when the new Quincy High School opens, QVAA will seek to use the new, larger performing arts center there. Until now, the QVAA has tended to use the Chuck McConnell Performing Arts Center at the current QHS building, which will host the anniversary shows.
“What will be nice about having two stages,” Jamison said, “is we sometimes we have to balance our schedule with the high school’s drama club. With two stages, practice space will not be such an issue.”
In the next 20 years, it will be up to the younger generations to keep the shows going at QVAA, she said.
“As we keep getting younger actors, that’s what’s going to keep the theater alive,” she said, mentioning the QVAA children’s theater as a good way to keep young people trodding the boards and interested in the stage.
Jamison says the anniversary shows open Thursday, Feb. 28 at 7:30 p.m., with another 7:30 p.m. performance the next day and two more on Saturday, March 2, one at 2 p.m. and one at 7:30 p.m.
Tickets are $10 and are sold at Martin Morris Insurance, 13 C St. SW, or at the door, in Quincy. Discounts are available for QVAA members. Shows are PG-rated.

By Sebastian Moraga,