Share This Page

Documentary to showcase Geyer's 25th anniversary

| Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2013, 6:42 p.m.

For the past 25 years, the Geyer Performing Arts Center in Scottdale has provided a place for local talent to express themselves and for audiences to enjoy their performances.

On Saturday, the theater located on Pittsburgh Street will look back over those 25 years with the premiere showing of the “Geyer Performing Arts Center 25th Anniversary Retrospective Documentary.”

“This is going to be a fantastic way to celebrate 25 years,” said GPAC President Brad Geyer.

Geyer said he had wanted to find a way to capture and share the memories of the past 25 years at the theater from those who have been part of it.

“Over two days we interviewed 30 to 35 people. I asked them what was your favorite memory, your first show, wackiest costume, have you seen the theater ghost. The things people said about the place were just amazing,” he said.

Tom Gaffron, owner of Alive Digital Media of North Huntington, donated his time and his company's services to create the project. The company offers video and audio recording services, as well as tape-to-video transfers.

He said he has worked at the theater on and off over the past two years, running sound for Good Sound Studio, and had heard they had a desire to create a documentary and offered to help.

“Everybody is so nice there and they are like family up there and I just wanted to help out,” he said.

Gaffron, who completed his general studies at Penn State University and received a bachelor of science degree in Digital Media Production from The Art Institute of Pittsburgh, shot all the interviews and edited all the footage for the documentary.

“Having not known about the history of the Geyer, it was really cool to listen to people do their interviews. They gave a lot of answers about the history of the Geyer that many people, including myself, may not have known,” Gaffron said.

He said the finished piece will be under 20 minutes and include close to 20 interviews as well as photos and video clips from older shows that had been performed there.

The documentary will debut following the Saturday night performance of “Man of La Mancha,” which is being presented at the theater Thursday through Sunday.

“The ‘Man of La Mancha' was last performed on our stage in our opening season 25 years ago,” Geyer said. “We are inviting anyone who appeared in that cast to come to the show and they will be recognized during the show.”

Following the show, there will be a celebration with mixed appetizers from Miss Martha's Tea Room, music, and a cash bar.

“We want as many people to stay at the theater to celebrate with us as possible,” Geyer said.

The premier showing of the video retrospective will take place during the reception, approximately 10 p.m.

Geyer said he plans to show the video before shows throughout the next year.

Linda Harkcom is a contributing writer.

TribLIVE commenting policy

You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.

We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.

While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.

We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers

We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.

We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.

We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.

We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.