The Spire: A South Shore Cultural Gem – From Shakespeare to Bluegrass, the Spire Center for the Performing Arts is a great place to soak in some culture and enjoy live music and theatre performances in downtown Plymouth. The three-story, 225-seat performance hall opened in 2014 and is already well-known for its impressive architecture and acoustics, as well as its eclectic entertainment calendar. It is also a source of local pride for the South Shore region complete with a national following.

Photo Courtesy of Denise Maccaferri

“The Spire has given the South Shore area and beyond the performing arts venue it has long needed,” says Michelle McGrath, media relations representative for The Spire. “People come from as far away as Chicago and Texas to see shows. Worthy local and regional talent now have the opportunity to showcase their work in the best setting, while highlighting national acts to a local audience.”

The Spire was established by the Greater Plymouth Performing Arts Center, Inc., or GPPAC, a nonprofit organization dedicated to performing arts and educational programs that support the vibrant arts community in the greater South Shore region. GPPAC envisioned The Spire as a “mecca for the arts and entertainment” that would showcase music, theatre and dance performances as well as education that supports the performing arts. After several years of searching for the perfect venue to realize their vision, the organization obtained the permission and funds to acquire and renovate a historic 19th century Methodist church building. The Town of Plymouth entrusted GPPAC with a 100-year, low-cost lease to ensure The Spire’s preservation for future generations.

GPPAC saw the venue as an opportunity to provide an economic boost to downtown and present diverse entertainment that would appeal to all generations and walks of life in the community.

Photo Courtesy of Denise Maccaferri

“Concerts, master classes, and variety shows are produced in house,” McGrath says. “Our house community theatre produces several productions each year and visiting companies, like a Shakespeare series, fill out the warm weather season. The most popular shows have included the Memorial Day weekend Plymouth Rock Assurance Jazz Festival, Tom Rush, the recent Beatles Extravaganza and the Billington Sea CD Release Party. Other highlights include the 18-piece Greg Hopkins Big Band, Howie Day, Michael Sweet, and Divas with a Twist.”

There’s also a bluegrass festival in the works, McGrath says.

The Spire’s lower level is dedicated to classrooms for performing arts education and theater troupes, a state of the art recording studio, rehearsal studios and community activities, and the venue is quickly becoming a popular rental facility for charity benefits and private event.

By Allison Wilson

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