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TABLE OF CONTENTS THE QUIET MAN. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 WELCOME MATS. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21 “PERFORMANCE” ART . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26 PRACTICE MAKES BETTER . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 32 MEET A FRIEND OF THE WORTHAM. . . . . . . . 52 WORKSHOPS WITH THE TROCKS. . . . . . . . . . 61 SPRING EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMMING. . . 64

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Thank you for helping the Wortham Center stay strong during this crisis. The Wortham Center launched an end-of-year challenge campaign in November, and thanks to all of you, the Wortham exceeded its goal and raised $101,262.36. Thank you for helping the Wortham Center continue to be the heart and soul of our community, bringing you the world-renowned artists in music, theatre, dance and special attractions you love. A special thanks to the following Friends and Board Members who comprised the challenge team and matched gifts dollar-for-dollar up to $50,000.

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As co-presidents of the Board of Directors, it is our privilege and pleasure to welcome you to the Wortham Center for the Performing Arts. Last year, we welcomed you to our two new theatre spaces, as well as a refurbished Diana Wortham Theatre and lobby. We began a rollicking, jam-packed, celebratory season of artists from all over our region and from around the world. Then the pandemic struck. We were forced to a grinding halt. But our creativity was not. We knew that the performing arts must find a way, and it could not be limited to indoor stages. Our reduced staff quickly rescheduled many artists, moved performances into courtyards and parking lots, and created safe spaces for local performing groups to record and stream shows — and, ultimately, built a season of part-live, part-streamed performances from world-class artists in the same high quality you’ve come to expect. Our season is taking on flesh, with an eventual return to our three stages in mind. The Wortham board and staff are still here, continuing the work of serving our community. We are grateful and happy to have you join us for this historic season. Enjoy!

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For every organization, there is undoubtedly a Frank who deserves attention and gratitude. At nonprofits, financial donors are a frequent focus of thanks, profiles and featured photos. But this time, I would like to focus on Frank. Because for every organization, there is undoubtedly a Frank who deserves attention and gratitude.

By this point, Frank was family, and I checked in with him regularly via phone and email. I saw him last at a chance meeting in a pet store. Frank, this typically quiet man, stood against the swirl of people, puppies and product, and talked to me for almost an hour.

Frank Reynolds volunteered at the Wortham Center for 20 years. He and his beloved wife Barbara were regulars on the usher team, greeting and assisting patrons. They served hard-to-fill roles at daytime performances for school children — greeting buses in the snow, herding thousands of students and entertaining younger children before shows by leading them in sing-alongs.

Frank died suddenly in December at age 90. Through my tears at the news, I had to smile imagining Barbara stomping her foot at him and grumbling, “What took you so long?” For every check received, every vital donation keeping an organization alive, there is also a Frank — a dedicated volunteer whose contributions to the organization and impressions on our hearts become immeasurable. We are indebted to you.

Inseparable for 61 years, the couple cared deeply about each other and about the theatre. When Barbara, an accomplished seamstress and theatre devotee, saw the uneven coverings used on lobby display tables, she showed up the next week with custom fitted tablecloths. Frank, a talented woodworker, hand-crafted the stands which are used by volunteer ushers to hold tickets and playbills at the theatre entrance doors. They were quirky, often abrupt and had no problem telling people what they thought. With their passion for the theatre and their long history of service, they knew how things were done and woe to anyone who did not follow the rules — kids who put their feet on the chairs, patrons at the wrong doors or fellow volunteers sporting untucked shirts. Frank was devoted to Barbara, and when she died suddenly several years ago, he was heartbroken. Though he tried to return to volunteering, he finally admitted that it was not the same without his wife.

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WELCOME MATS By Stephanie Hickling Beckman Managing Artistic Director, Different Strokes! Performing Arts Collective My son learned early on that he is welcome in adult-inhabited spaces only as long as he is well-behaved and doesn’t draw attention.

theatre-makers from across the country exposed the racism that BIPOC encounter on a day-to-day basis within the industry. These representatives of a much larger community demanded change through a hefty document called “Principles for Building Antiracist American Theatre and BIPOC Demands for White American Theatre.” In response, virtually every theatre company in the country publicized their commitment to an anti-racist structure. As for me, I realized that even though I had been vocal about the lack of diversity on our stages, I had failed to spotlight the racial exclusion that existed within our local theatre community. I had not done much to disprove the notion that there “aren’t many Black actors” in Asheville, when the real problem is that there are no durable welcome mats in Asheville.

“You have to be so quiet that people don’t know you’re here,” we’d tell him before we entered a nice restaurant, theatre or airplane. I realize now the similarities of this messaging to those I received from parents who straddled the Jim Crow and Civil Rights eras. As an adult, I’ve seen firsthand that racial integration exists explicitly on white people’s terms and that the cost of admission is silence. Well before the current focus on antiracism ignited by the 2020 killings of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor and others, I founded Different Strokes! Performing Arts Collective as a vehicle to speak out against racism and other forms of oppression. In the promotion of diversity and equity, it is our mission to magnify voices that white supremacy silences. However, as a Black person trying to succeed in a white-dominated industry, I found myself mostly silent when it came to having direct conversations with my colleagues about their own racist practices and policies within Asheville’s theatre industrial complex.

Silence, though more comfortable, delays progress and fosters derision. While I’m not advocating a witch hunt, I am rejecting the false securities of silence and embracing my responsibility as an arts leader, to hold us accountable for uncovering and addressing deeprooted racial and socially insensitive issues within Asheville’s theatre community. All of us are obligated to ensure that our welcome mats are out and visible. Join me. It’s free.

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INDIVIDUAL SERIES & PERFORMANCE SPONSORS: Don & Nancy Ackermann Cole Joel & Marla Adams Derek & Elizabeth Allen Jack & Mary Anderson Michael & Catty Andry Shiner Antiorio & Kathy Robinson Rod & Bess Baird Diana Bilbrey Joel & Deborah Bohan-Berkowitz Lucy & Kirk Borland Joe & Janice Brumit Bill & Clarita Burton Charlie & Patricia Sloan Clogston Patty & Gary Coleman Bob & Carol Deutsch Lynne Courtney Diehl John & Marsha Ellis Dr. Alan & Suzanne Escovitz Hedy Fischer & Randy Shull Craig & Jacqui Friedrich Dan & Anna Garrett Catherine & Will Gay Jan & John Getz David Greiner & James Gray Terrie & Dale Groce Judith Hamill Richard & Francee Healy Steve & Rena Hoffman Susan Holden Hardy Holland & John Moody Nancy Houha Bill & Marilyn Hubbard Ed & Vicki Jenest Sherry Kellet Ann & Jon Kemske MaryAnn Kiefer & David Erwin James King & Jayne Cleveland Mark Kleive & Nicole Groves

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Elaine Lang & Michael Ferguson Joe & Jill Lawrence Joe & Mary Linville Elly Wells and Glen Locascio Amy Loether Rick & Janna Lutovsky Jerry McAninch Gail & Brian McCarthy Kenneth & Chris McClung Hugh & Carol McCollum Tina McGuire Anne McKenzie Karen & Robert Milnes Gay Murrill Alastair McDonald Odom Maureen O’Hallaron Richard Perry Bob & Martha Pierce Bill & Mary Ann Pruehsner Sheila Rains & Marjorie Sullivan Ronna & Rob Resnick Jim Rishebarger & Sue Fernbach Carol & Michael Rosenblum Susan & Charlie Shanor Pat & Becky Stone Shirley Varela & Witek Siwanowicz Charlotte Watson David & Dianne Worley Hank Young Lach Zemp

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To give insight into her creative process, Williams explained the following: “Inspiration can be elusive; I often find it within the making or reflecting at completion, which unveils its archives of influence. The painting is my interpretation of the human figure transformed into colorful patterns, traversing, converging, assembling and conversing into a static object. I took my color cues from the yellow and grey marketing materials and recent lobby refurbishment. The linear space dictated the flow of the 15-foot painting and installation.

he opening of the new Wortham Center for the Performing Arts included an expanded and transformed lobby that connects three theatre spaces. With the help of the architects at Clark Nexsen, the outdated early 1990s design and color palette received a sleek, updated look. The finishing touch, though, came in the form of an incredible contribution by renowned local artist Constance Williams. Pulling from a visual study of the new space and personal observations from years as a Wortham patron, Williams’ “COLORFUL PERFORMANCE” was installed in February 2020, truly finishing this elegant space.

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of movement, scale, space, sound, silence, color, dark and light. The crucial difference is that audience participation is essential in a live performance. As a painter and sculptor, I am continually editing all my senses, rendering them into a condensed visual language, a quiet place of reflection for one or all.”

into painting with encaustic for the next 10 years. In 2015, she added alcohol ink to her repertoire, which she used with her encaustic paint medium. In the years that followed, she began exclusive use of alcohol ink, experimenting on different substrates. Williams draws inspiration from nature’s structure. Geological and topographical observation become abstracted, flattened by her trademark spherical and striated patterning, rendering expressive compositions. She has developed a unique style into a reimagined rhythmic visual dialogue and innovating her medium.

Born in Somerset, England, Williams became enamored with the arts in all of its forms from an early age. By age 8, she was an accomplished pianist, played multiple instruments, painted in various mediums, and sculpted with anything she could lay her hands on. In her early teens, Williams excelled at sculpture and continued painting in multiple mediums. At 17, she majored in art and was a film set intern in London. Her move to the U.S. saw her establish an award-winning international greeting card company. In 2004, her move to Asheville was the impetus to propel her professional career as a full-time artist. She delved back into sculpture with great success in 2005, and it was her use of waxes in 2006 on a post-fired sculptural work that forayed her

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didn’t sit down and automatically know how to play Chopin’s Nocturne in E-flat just because I loved it the first time I heard it. I had to put in a lot of practice. I listened to recordings and read different scores for interpretation. I experimented with moves to get the desired sounds to come out of the instrument. I sought feedback from my peers and from those with experience.I wrestled with taking action on the feedback I requested and was so generously offered. I knew what I had to do—more practice. Listening, inviting feedback, and taking action is also what it takes for the love and empathy required to “walk a mile” in my neighbor’s shoes. In the midst of this storm of the overlapping crises of the COVID-19 pandemic, systemic racism, economic instability, and climate change, I still hear a call for a cause for celebration. Our Asheville community has deep and festering wounds, and if we’re going to recover from these serious times without creating even more harm, we’re going to have to choose truth, healing, and reconciliation. I yearn for us to get in right relationship with one another as a human family and to heal our home planet. I can’t do this work alone. None of us can. Music and art can be key to getting us where we want to be—our reason to dream and to convene, to be curious or patient, even when it’s unfamiliar or uncomfortable. The sound waves entering our ears and vibrating within our bodies, the light streaming into our eyes and warming our faces, and the space to simply be together. If we invite and make room for each other, if we maintain our cultural hubs through the pandemic, if we act meaningfully on feedback, and if we share our resources, we will realize the abundance of our community. Without action, we’ll allow for extraction, exclusion, greed, and the perpetuation of inequity. As the audience, we are the biggest resource. Complacency is more comfortable than change, and rehearsed mistakes are easier to ignore than to acknowledge and unlearn. I ran through my Chopin nocturne today, and it isn’t quite where I think it should or could be. If my work is going to be worth sharing, if there’s going to be a cause for celebration, I’ll have to put in some time. I’ll have to practice.

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Your friends make you laugh. They lend a hand, a hug, and sometimes they help you find your center.

Friends of the Wortham Center for the Performing Arts also play a vital role — providing arts education for children, and supporting an organization that brings world-class artists to our community for unforgettable performances and serves as a home for local arts groups.

Become a Friend of the Wortham Center for the Performing Arts today and enjoy: • Priority seating • Advance ticket ordering • Invitations to special events and VIP receptions • Access to artists • Discounts on class and workshop fees • Donor recognition • and much more Learn more and become a Friend today at worthamarts.org.


FRIENDS MAKE A DIFFERENCE The Wortham Center is grateful for the generous support provided by the following individuals and foundations. Patty and Gary Coleman Lynne Courtney Diehl Jim Rishebarger and Sue Fernbach Craig and Jacqui Friedrich Dan and Anna Garrett Catherine and Will Gay John and Jan Getz David Greiner and James Gray Terrie and Dale Groce Mark Kleive and Nicole Groves Judith Hamill Bill and Marilyn Hubbard Ed and Vicki Jenest Sherry Kellett Ann and Jon Kemske James King and Jayne Cleveland Elaine Lang and Michael Ferguson Joe and Mary Linville Amy Loether Rick and Janna Lutovsky Gail and Brian McCarthy Kenneth and Chris McClung Hugh and Carol McCollum Anne McKenzie Karen and Robert Milnes Gay Murrill Maureen O’Hallaron Richard Perry Bob and Martha Pierce Sheila Rains and Marjorie Sullivan Ronna and Rob Resnick Carol and Michael Rosenblum Susan and Charlie Shanor Pat and Becky Stone Shirley Varela and Witek Siwanowicz Charlotte Watson Hank Young Lach Zemp

LEADERSHIP: $10,000+ Arthur J. Fryar Charitable Remainder Trust Beattie Foundation Hedy Fischer and Randy Shull Richard and Francee Healy Henry LaBrun PACESETTER: $5,000-$9,999 Joel and Deborah Bohan-Berkowitz Blackledge Foundation Joe and Janice Brumit John Ellis Dr. Alan and Suzanne Escovitz Steve and Rena Hoffman Nancy Houha Jill and Joe Lawrence Jerry McAninch Tina McGuire Bill and Mary Ann Pruehsner Elly Wells and Glen Locascio David and Dianne Worley PRODUCER: $2,500-$4,999.99 Anonymous Lucy and Kirk Borland John and Marsha Ellis Bob and Carol Deutsch Susan Holden Hardy Holland and John Moody MaryAnn Kiefer and David Erwin Alastair McDonald Odom Ronna and Rob Resnick Diana Wortham SPONSOR: $1,000-$2,499.99 Don and Nancy Ackermann Cole Joel and Marla Adams Derek and Elizabeth Allen Jack and Mary Anderson Michael and Catty Andry Shiner Antiorio and Kathy Robinson Rod and Bess Baird Diana Bilbrey Bill and Clarita Burton Charlie and Patricia Sloan Clogston

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Friends Make A Difference continued Ann Batchelder and Henri Kieffer Keevon Baten Gretchen Batra Paul and Bonnie Bellows Richard Benonis Steve and Joanne Betso Dwight and Norma Bohm Allan and Jean Brown Steve and Linda Brown Otis Brown and Clara Ferguson Michael and Amy Clarke Bill Cosgrove and Margaret Davis Leslie and Jurgen Dierks Lina Evans and Ira Sloan Bolling Farmer Larry and Marian Fincher Peter and Jasmin Gentling Bill and Nancy Gettys Laurie and Jack Hamilton Maureen and Frank Hantke Susan Hill Robert and Linda Hollis Alberto Colonia and George Hunker Keith Keener David Keller and Nora Murdock Karen and Peter Kennedy Jan and Dennis King Andriette Kinsella Marjorie Locke Todd and Renita McDougal Donna and Fred Meyer Joni Mitchell Janine and Robert Obee Doug and Darcy Orr William and Joyce Ossmann Michael and Marlene Pendley Kathleen Quinlan and Marc Parham Susan and Randy Richardson Shearon Roberts Ken and Betsy Schapira Brad and Margo Searson Ilona and Michael Sena Marsha Shlaer Dr. Albert Siemens Shirley Varela and Witek Siwanowicz Jimmy and Sandi Stringer John and Mary Ann Tiano Mr. and Mrs. Alfred C. Tollison, Jr.

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Friends Make A Difference continued Barbara and Jeff Gould Ted Graczyk and Paul Gusmerotti Jaime Graeber Bill and Deborah Graham Betsy Gray and Ed Lunow Lisa Green Ray Green and Cathy Rezak Ron and Jane Greene Drs. Mary Ellen Griffin and Wendy Coin Raymond and Deborah Gurriere Ellen Guthrie Jean and Allen Haggar Cliff Hall Kay Hall Iris Hardin William Harding Patrick Hardy Crystal Harmon Melissa and Jerry Harrelson Gibbie and Chuck Harris Tom and Marie Hartye Ernie and Barb Harwig Rabbi Patti Haskell Philip and Sylvia Hawkins Debra Hawley Mary Beth Hayes Rebecca Heartz Barbara Heller Roger Helm and Deborah Freeman Alice Helms Hal and Constance Hemme Jim and Betty Henderson Marilynne Herbert Lyndi Hewitt John Hicks Ben and Martha Hill Dan and Linda Hinchliffe Alan Baumgarten and Judy Hoffman Michael Hofman Tonya Hogan Jo Hogan Sandra Holden Greg and Mary Howell Sam and Ann Hubbard Jim and Bonnie Hull David Hurand and Martha Salyers Richard Hurley In Honor of Jim Trantham

Mary Hutchison and Catherine Quinn Toby Ives and Sally Broughton-Ives Susan Posey and Bill Jacobs David Janson Jeanne Jeffrey Susan Jenkins David Jenkins Susan Jensen Cheryl Johnson Sally Jones John Ellery and Elizabeth Jones Robert Jordan and Martha Oatway Dr. Andrew Jurik Kate and Kevin Justus Charis and Bruce Kabat Charlotte and Harold Kaplan Jean and Joe Karpen Leah Karpen Ed and Carol Kaufmann Jess and Phyllis Key John King and Peggy Clark Richard and Linda Kirkendall Caroline Knox Susan Koenig and Tim Arem Drs. Louis and Marilyn Kolton Dwarshuis Helen and Matthew Kraus Mr. and Mrs. Michael Krimmelbein Diane Kyker Theresa and Gary Landwirth Thomas Lang and Deborah Lewis Ginger Lang Marc Langweiler Stephen LaPointe and Claudia Jimenez Jonathon Lawrie Lynn Lederer and Leslie Long Walter Leginski Nan Leininger Rose Levering and William Abbuehl Robert Levin Becky Lewis Bill and Susan Loftis James Losse and Ellen Haack Paula O’Hara and Joe Luna Bonnie Luria and Kelly Gloger Mary Lynn David Mackel InterPlay Asheville 43


Friends Make A Difference continued Susan Macy Judy Major Howard Malovany Mr. and Mrs. William W. Mance Martin and Kathryn Mann Ernest Marshall Millie Massey Kate Mathews Michael Maxwell Judith McAfee Richard and Joy McConnell John and Jansen McCreary Kelly McEnany Fred McKinney Dr. Darryl McLeod Terry and Alexandra McPherson Gail Meadows Bob and Ulana Mellor Dr. Roger A. Miller and Judith Mishkin Miller Thomas and Martha Mills Nick Mimken Michelle Minks Elizabeth Minor Glen and Hanne Miska Jean Moburg David Moore Pattie Moore and Lea Stoll Aaron and Anna Morris Jann Nance and Chester Pankowski Joanne Neary and Les Dunne Kirk Avent and Nancee Neel Steve and Wendy Newman Cathy Nichols Priscilla Nullet Susan Oliver Rhea Ormond John Orr Marsha Ott Judy and Rick Ott Theresa Oursler Bradford and Deenie Owen Dana Owen Robert Pace Cindy Page Danna and Bob Park Valerie and Ron Patton Rose and Fred Patz

Jim and Carolyn Payton Lita Perkins in Memory of John E. Perkins and Quita B. Foster Vicki Phillips Kaye Phillips Elizabeth and William Phoenix Lawrence Pierce Dan and Gloria Pincu Brayden Pitcairn Jane Pitt Peggy and John Ponak Elizabeth Pou Mary L. Powell Morris Letsinger and Liz Preyer Amira and Thomas Ranney Pamela Reid Jonathan Reily Heather Hartley and Phil Reynolds Brook Reynolds David and Karen Reynolds Gail Rhodes Jennifer Rish and Constance Lofton John and Pam Roeth Alan Rosenthal Susan and Lewis Rothlein Rhonda Sachais Celeste Sandridge Betsy and Jimmy Savely Charlene Scharf and Sophie Steinberg Elizabeth and Gary Schenk Barry and Jackie Schieb Steve Schimmel Connie Schrader and Clay Rowan Lizz and Frie Schulz Donald and Jonel Schuster Tom and Jean Schwandes Leigh Schwietz Jill and Bill Scobie Todd Seeleman Leslie Shaw Peter Shell Anita Shields Cynthia Shilkret Ellen Silver Janise and Rick Silverman Ernest and Vicki Skidmore Hope Skilling



Friends Make A Difference continued Anna Skinner Sarah Slechta Bret Sleight Mr. Cameron Smail and Dr. Wendy Willoughby Penny Smith and Margaret Bray Ann and James Smith Howard and Honey Solomon Sandra Sonner Karen Spacek Elke and Ted Spirakis Barbara Stalzer Peter and Melissa Stanz Amy Star and Robert Falanga Louis and Sally Stein George and Leslie Stephens Bonnie Stewart Nancy Stewart Marty and Barbara Stickle Jeff Stillson Stewart Stokes Robert and Pat Stolz Dr. Shelley Stone Hank and Maria Strauss Darrell and Caroline Strong Cathy Stryker Susan Swiger Bob and Christine Swoap Margery Tabankin Lee and Kate Thayer Deborah Thompson Richard and Katherine Thornburgh Claire Tiernan Bruce Black and Helen Toms

Lorili Toth Katherine Triplett John and Lori Turk Steven Turner and Charlotte Kassab Terry Van Buren Charles and Joanna Vanderkolk William Swarts and Susan Waldman Deb Walker Ann Ward Timothy Warner and Barb McCampbell Hope Warshaw and Don Kraus Harold and Anita Watsky Michael Way Philip Weast and Keith Bramlett Virginia Weiler Marilyn and Mark Weinstein Dr. Gretchen Whipple Dave Nelson and Margo White Cliff and Lisa Whitfield Guy and Linda Wierman Paul Wilczynski and Joan Brasier George Wilds and Steve Connell William and Gail Wiley Karen Wilkinson Steve WItherspoon Anne Wolf Sherry Wothke Michael Wrenn Lynn Wright and Sybil Adcock Carroll Ann Wykoff Michelle Yanik Gregory and Marjorie Zack Michael Ziecheck and Debra Bowen

This listing reflects membership donations between March 1, 2019 and December 31, 2020. Thank you!

FOUNDATION SUPPORT Arthur J. Fryar Charitable Remainder Trust of the CFWNC Asheville Area Arts Council The Beattie Foundation Blackledge Foundation Community Foundation of Western North Carolina

Eaton Charitable Foundation Hamill Family Endowment Fund of the CFWNC National Endowment for the Arts New England Foundation for the Arts North Carolina Arts Council The Robert and Mercedes Eichholz Foundation SouthArts 47

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At the Wortham Center for the Performing Arts, you’ll find inspiration, education, and joy.

This is your center.

Come in and build your legacy. You have experienced the magic of dance, music, and theatre in the Diana Wortham Theatre, the Tina McGuire Theatre, and the Henry LaBrun Studio. You’ve supported performing arts through your contributions and membership. You are a passionate patron. Continue your commitment to the Wortham Center with a legacy gift. It is as simple as including the Wortham Center for the Performing Arts in your estate plans. Your gift will have a lasting impact on the future of performing arts at the Wortham Center.

This is your center. Let it be part of your legacy.

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hen I arrived in Asheville 45 years ago, there were minimal cultural opportunities. It was difficult to find libations outside of a brown bag or to spot a decent restaurant in town. It was evident that our town had huge potential, as well as amazing folks with a vision and resources, who recognized the need for a space like Pack Place and the Diana Wortham Theatre. In today’s Asheville, of course, you can easily find your way downtown and enjoy an excellent culinary experience, then cross the street to savor a world 52

class performance in an intimate setting. We crave the return of the Dance Series — for the graceful interpretation of the human form in artistic translation, the concatenation of the human form gliding across the stage. I miss the emotional tickle in my mind from witnessing and celebrating the magic of dance. We never realized what a privilege it is to safely assemble in enjoyment of dynamic performances at the Wortham Center for the Performing Arts. It has been our honor to support the Wortham Center’s Dance Series, and we hope others will consider adding their support to help sustain the arts. 53

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Youth Education Scholarship FUND

Children from economically challenged families are used to hearing the word “no.” At the Wortham Center for the Performing Arts, we believe that all children should have access to the arts – regardless of their economic status.

With your help, we say “YES.”

YES to field trips.

For many children in Western North Carolina, a field trip to the Wortham Center is their first exposure to a live performing arts event. Unfortunately, school funding for activities is increasingly limited. Most teachers must ask students to bring money from home to attend a performance with their class. For some students, this is simply not an option. No child should miss the opportunity to learn through the arts. Donors to the Y.E.S. Fund make it possible for thousands of children in Western North Carolina to experience the arts every year regardless of economic circumstances. All it takes is $10 to ensure that a child is not left behind. For only $250 you can send an entire classroom of children to the theatre.

YES to artists in schools and community. The Y.E.S. Fund sends nationally recognized artists into local classrooms and community centers, and makes possible to access virtual experiences in order to deepen learning, provide students with positive role models and expand the arts experiences beyond the walls of the theatre.

YES to emerging artists.

You can open doors for the next generation of performing artists through a new scholarship program for promising high school seniors. The Emerging Artists Fund supports students pursuing a career in the performing arts by providing scholarships to further their professional studies.

Help students dream BIG. Make a donation to the Y.E.S. Fund today. For more information or to make a donation, call 828-210-9849 or visit worthamarts.org. 56

Y.E.S. Fund Supporters Thanks to the generosity of the following donors, thousands of children attended a live performance at the Wortham Center for the Performing Arts free of charge in the past ten seasons. Donors to the Y.E.S. (Youth Education Scholarship) Fund make it possible for children to deepen their learning by sponsoring artists in schools and providing scholarships to promising high school seniors to pursue a career in the arts. The following list reflects donations received to the Y.E.S. Fund between March 1, 2019 and December 31, 2020. Ruth Planey Bobbi Powers Kathryn Ramirez Susan and Lewis Rothlein Mara Sprain and John Bates James Vaughn and Kevin Broadwater Lynn and Stephen Weinrib

Program Sponsors: $1,000+ Joel and Marla Adams Arby’s Joel and Deborah Bohan-Berkowitz Lyn Dunn Eaton Charitable Foundation The Robert and Mercedes Eichholz Foundation Huisking Foundation Sherry Kellett Ann and Jon Kemske Downtown Asheville Residential Neighbors (DARN) Henry LaBrun Jill and Joe Lawrence Bob and Martha Pierce PNC Holly and Greg Pollock Dianne and David Worley

Student Sponsors: Up to $249.99 Deborah and JosĂŠ Alvarez Shiner Antiorio and Kathy Robinson Kathleen Ayres Ken and Karen Bain Frederick Baker Sylvia Bassett in Honor of Tom Tracy Gretchen Batra Janet Bertinuson and Bridget Dunford Susan Bicknell and Hardy LeGwin Martha and Julian Biller Linda Blair Walter Brewer Lana S. Burns M. Regina Cameron Susan Campbell Jeannette and Robert Cannon Joshua Canter Don and Sharon Christensen Gracemarie Cirino Madelon and Scott Clark Michael and Amy Clarke Patty and Gary Coleman Bill Cosgrove and Margaret Davis Bob and Carol Deutsch William N. Dorfman, Ed.D. Melinda and Richard Douglass Richard and Leslie Dressler Robert DuBrul and Judith Hoy Karen and Bob Dunn John and Marsha Ellis Lina Evans and Ira Sloan Wendy Feinberg Fred and Lynda Feldman Marshall and Heidi Fields

Classroom Sponsors: $250-$999.99 Mary and Jack Anderson Rod and Bess Baird Diana Bilbrey Anne Bonnyman Steve and Linda Brown David and Margaret Carle Deb Davis Lynne Courtney Diehl Larry and Marian Fincher Hedy Fischer and Randy Shull Jan and John Getz Terry and Joanne Hess Susan Holden Nancy Houha Bill and Marilyn Hubbard Alberto Colonia and George Hunker Suzanne Jones Sally Jones Becky Lewis Ann and Bob Lewis Tina McGuire Jim and Pat Morris Janine and Robert Obee 57


Y.E.S. Fund Supporters continued Joan Foster Charles and Tricia Franck Jonas Gerard Fine Art, Inc Mary Goodkind and Lindley Garner Barbara and Jeffrey Gould Lisa Green Sue and Stan Greenberg Larry and Barbara Griswold Al and Betsy Gumpert Kay Hall Laurie and Jack Hamilton Maureen and Frank Hantke Pilar Hartman Ernie and Barb Harwig Sam and Pamela Hausfather Cynthia Heitger and Jim Gannam Hal and Constance Hemme Susan Hill Dan and Linda Hinchliffe Steve and Rena Hoffman Alan Baumgarten and Judy Hoffman Sandra Holden Diane and Jeff Hutchins Susan Posey and Bill Jacobs Ed and Vicki Jenest Susan Jensen Randy and Mary Johnson Kate Justus Ellen Kaczmarek and Gary MacPeek Jean and Joe Karpen Leah Karpen Jess and Phyllis Key John King and Peggy Clark Anna and Bruce Koloseike Michael and Caprice Krout Janet Laube Stephen and Barbara Lehrer Susan and Jeremy Lerner James Losse and Ellen Haack Paula O’Hara and Joe Luna InterPlay Asheville Kathryn and Martin Mann Marilynn Mattox Pat McCauley Hugh and Carol McCollum Susan McDaniel James and Linda McDonald Thomas and Martha Mills Susan Minkler Glen and Hanne Miska David Moore

Aaron and Anna Morris Marianne Newman Patti and Cal Oppenheim John Orr Bradford and Deenie Owen Dana Owen Rose and Fred Patz Jim and Carolyn Payton Lita Perkins in Memory of Quita B. Foster Mary L. Powell Morris Letsinger and Liz Preyer Kathleen Quinlan and Marc Parham Anna Reese Frank Reynolds Gail Rhodes Patricia Robertson and Curry First Penny Rose Betsy and Jimmy Savely Ken and Betsy Schapira Tom and Jean Schwandes Todd Seeleman Anita Shields Barry Silverstein and Sharon Wood Ernest and Vicki Skidmore Sarah Slechta Barbara Sloss Ann and James Smith Brian Smith Howard and Honey Solomon Sandra Sonner Robert and Patricia Stackman Mary Stair Pat and Becky Stone Darrell and Caroline Strong Kathy and John Tempelaar-Lietz Shirley H. Tenney and Paul Merriken Fran and Doug Thigpen Charles Throckmorton Mark and Debbie Ward Timothy Warner and Barb McCampbell Virginia Weiler Guy and Linda Wierman Karen Wilkinson John and Edythe Wingerter Pamela Winkler Drs. Emily and Jonathan Wood Sherry Wothke Lynn Wright and Sybil Adcock Hank Young Sherrill and Ted Zoller 59


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Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo “The Dying Swan” • February 19 at 7pm Learn Les Ballets Trockadero’s signature work, “The Dying Swan”! Participants will be given a short warmup and overview of the history of the ballet and will then be taught the full Trocks work, with an opportunity to put your own comic spin on this classic ballet. Suitable for all levels of dance experience. Be ready to move!

Makeup Demo • February 26 at 7pm See how The Trocks transform from dancer to diva! Join a Trocks dancer in his virtual dressing room to see his makeup routine for a typical performance transformation. Participants will have the opportunity to chat with company members to learn more about what it takes to get ready for a show and his journey to become a member of the Trockadero.

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Get Up and Move! Virtual Classrooms (grades K-12) Get Up and Move! Family Activities (family) Virtual Field Trip - SHOW & TELL: Interactive Performance Experience (grades K-12) Rovin Ronnie’s Human Yard Art (all ages)

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