Bringing the World to Bradford
Since its founding, BCPAC has presented a wide variety of professional artists and ensembles, including Bradford native and world-renowned opera star Marilyn Horne, pop and Broadway star Donny Osmond, Carol Channing, the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, Rain: A Tribute to the Beatles, Momix, Buffalo Philharmonic with Marvin Hamlisch, Pittsburgh Symphony, River City Brass, John Tesh, and National Republic of China Acrobats. It has also offered numerous Broadway musicals presented by national touring companies including Chicago, A Chorus Line, 42nd Street, Evita, Hairspray, and Cats, to name a few. In recent years, ‘BCPAC Country’ concerts have featured such national acts as Diamond Rio, Crystal Gayle, Glenn Campbell, The Oakridge Boys, Joe Nichols, Blake Shelton, LeAnn Rimes, Ronnie Milsap, and Lonestar, among others.
One of BCPAC’s goals is not only to present professional artists and performing troupes from outside the area, but also to showcase talented artists and performers who have a connection to Bradford. In past seasons for example, we showcased Bradfordian Amy Bromeley McCune, an accomplished pianist; the work of Bradford native, actor, and playwright Robert Cucuzza; jazz singer Michael Egbert; world-renowned opera star Marilyn Horne; the late photographers, John Kelley and Forres Stewart; and other local artists.
BCPAC is especially proud of its initiatives aimed at developing an appreciation of the arts in young audiences. The Arts in Education Committee’s goal is to encourage students to meet and interact with BCPAC-sponsored performers. For example, the committee has received grants to sponsor artists-in-residence in local schools such as mime Joel Gori and the musical storytelling troupe Tales & Scales. In addition, the Arts in Education Committee coordinates an annual summer theatre workshop. For the past 20 years, the Missoula Children’s Theatre Company has conducted the week-long summer workshop with sixty local students, culminating with a live performance by all the participants.
BCPAC is a member of the Twin Tiers Theatre Consortium.
To create opportunities for local residents and students to interact with professional artists through activities such as residencies, workshops and school assemblies coordinated by the Arts in Education Committee; to involve volunteers in as many aspects of production and administration of BCPAC programs as possible; to continue a special commitment to support, encourage and promote interest in the arts among area young people in the belief that it will foster their lifelong support of and involvement in theater arts; and to offer events that appeal to smaller audiences with specific interests as well as popular offerings that appeal to broader audiences.
Serving the Greater Bradford Region
BCPAC’s success can be measured by both growing patron support and audience attendance.
BCPAC’s donors list numbers more that 1,500 supporters, and donor and corporate support totals approximately $90,000 each year. Audience attendance annually surpasses more than 4500. The annual patron drive is conducted by mail and phone. BCPAC honors its donors by listing their names in the BCPAC season programs and inviting them to special events whenever possible.
BCPAC has obtained grants from a number of foundations and arts organizations, including the The Blaisdell Foundation, Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, PENN-PAT Endowment, the United Way of the Bradford Area, and the Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation.
Donor, corporate and grant support helps keep the ticket prices reasonable as the Bradford area/McKean County has significantly above-average percent of both elderly and low-income residents. Rural McKean County has a population fewer than 50,000. While the audience is primarily from the City of Bradford and McKean County, BCPAC programs also draw from Elk, Cameron, Potter and Warren counties in Pennsylvania and Cattaraugus and Chautauqua counties in New York state.
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