Documentary to showcase Geyer's 25th anniversary
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.