By Bernie Petit
A funny thing happened when Matthews Playhouse of the Performing Arts began offering productions for kids nearly 20 years ago.
Adults wanted to play, too.
So the playhouse expanded to give adults in southern Mecklenburg opportunities to shine.
“We try to be a big arts presence in Matthews,” said playhouse representative Melisa Verch. “They love the arts here and we try to be a big venue for that.”
It’s why more than 6,000 students will see a Matthews Playhouse performance with their school this season.
“Introducing them to live theatre is important,” Verch said. “It helps their favorite books come to life, it sparks their imagination and it creates a love of the arts.”
The Arts & Science Council (ASC) supports Matthews Playhouse and its mission through a Cultural & Community Investment grant.
“A grant from ASC,” Verch said, “helps us to do things just a little bit better than maybe we would have otherwise.”
ASC supports our entire community. Its impact reaches all corners of Charlotte-Mecklenburg, and Matthews Playhouse’s multi-generational cultural experiences are further proof that everyone benefits. ASC is you and me.