Resolution J132-2013

Commemorating the 100th Anniversary of Players of Utica

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  • Jan 15, 2013: ADOPTED
  • Jan 15, 2013: REPORTED TO CALENDAR FOR CONSIDERATION
  • Jan 10, 2013: REFERRED TO FINANCE

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LEGISLATIVE RESOLUTION commemorating the 100th Anniversary of Players of
Utica

WHEREAS,  The  arts,  in  whatever  form  depicted, are central to human
expression; they are truly a universal language and  their  contribution
to  the  development  of  friendship and understanding among all peoples
cannot be underestimated; and
  WHEREAS, The history, the heritage, and the lives of the people of all
countries and all cultures are portrayed in their music and  dance;  the
art and act of sharing them enriches us altogether; and
  WHEREAS,  Attendant to such concern, and in full accord with its long-
standing traditions, this Legislative Body is justly  proud  to  commem-
orate  the  100th  Anniversary  of Players of Utica, to be celebrated on
Saturday, September 15, 2012; and
  WHEREAS, The mission of Players of Utica is to afford the residents of
the Greater Utica Area the opportunity to  enjoy,  study,  and  actively
participate in live amateur theatre; and
  WHEREAS,  In addition, Players of Utica aims to stimulate interest and
foster the development of an appreciation of the dramatic arts, as  well
as to promote the social and intellectual well-being of the community by
encouragement of the study and improvement of the arts as they relate to
the theatre; and
  WHEREAS,  Players of Utica is one of the oldest, continually producing
community theatres in the United States  and  the  oldest  in  New  York
State; and
  WHEREAS,  Players  has always strived to provide entertainment that is
unmatched in quality and value  in  Central  New  York;  with  each  new
season,  it  brings a mix of performances that range from timeless clas-
sics to the bold and inspiring, some never before or since seen  in  the
area; and
  WHEREAS,  Players  of  Utica  had its beginnings as an amusement club,
organized for an evening of more or  less  extemporaneous  performances,
nonprofessional, and intended only for casual pleasure; and
  WHEREAS,  From  1913-1948,  Players  of  Utica had a period of serious
effort to present the dramatic arts as professionally as possible;  this
was followed by the institution of a community theater; and
  WHEREAS,  Since its establishment, Players of Utica presented hundreds
of dramas, musicals, and original plays to more than one  million  resi-
dents of Central New York; and
  WHEREAS,  On May 5, 1999, Players of Utica suffered a devastating fire
in which everything was lost; and
  WHEREAS, Thanks to the efforts of many, on October 31,  2003,  Players
of Utica held a much anticipated ground-breaking ceremony on the site of
its  new  theatre  complex located on the corner of State and Mandeville
Streets in Utica, New York; and
  WHEREAS, Steeped in a proud  and  distinguished  history,  Players  of
Utica  can look back with great pride upon its humble beginnings; taking
just satisfaction  in  its  purposeful  growth,  it  will  continue  its
mission,  devoting  its  talent  and  unique  services  to enriching the
cultural spirit of the public it has served so faithfully for 100 years;
now, therefore, be it
  RESOLVED, That this Legislative Body pause  in  its  deliberations  to
commemorate the 100th Anniversary of Players of Utica; and be it further
  RESOLVED, That a copy of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be tran-
smitted to Players of Utica.

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