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Mars Theatre brings new beauty

POSTED: May 1, 2014 7:47 p.m.

Wednesday night (April 23) in Springfield was a night to remember. Not for just what went on that night but for the years of untiring effort put forth initially by private citizens, but also for the city of Springfield stepping up to the plate when it was time to “make it happen.”

The “it” is the Mars Theatre. Citizens, who had contributed to the efforts to fund the project, were invited to a special opening that included a beautifully-arranged reception with food and drink. The reception with the white tables, chairs and white cloths transformed the parking lot at the city hall, made the city proud, as the attendees showed their appreciation.

But the best part was on entering the old theatre and finding a new, beautifully-designed interior that one found hard to believe, remembering what the old shell of the building looked like. The seating, the lighting, the sound was all of professional quality because that is just what it is.

The city and the citizens involved left no stone unturned to assure a quality product. This was followed up by the city bringing on a professional, Tommy Deadwyler, to not only guide the theatre but other cultural events in the city.

The Mars is a perfect example of what citizens can generate and bring in cooperation with a local government to provide the strong base on which to complete a project. We need to see more of this kind of thing happening in our community.

To the city of Springfield for making it happen, a big thanks. And thanks, also, for putting the spotlight on the one who carried the torch for years and would not let the Mars dream perish, my friend, Gussie Nease. Those involved know that without her untiring spirit and effort we would not have had the grand opening, and grand it was, on Wednesday night. Thank you, Gussie!

Now folks, it is time for the citizens to step up and show that this community appreciates the availability of programs that the Mars will offer. Go to and look at what is coming up and sign up for the newsletter to keep pace with the Mars. I’ll see you there soon.


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