Meet the Bayers
Posted Oct 17, 2017
“My most memorable experience has got to be the Appleton Farmers Market flashmob we did with the P.A.C. last season. I find it most memorable because even though it was a full out downpour of rain the kids still wanted to perform in the streets for the vendors standing under their tents, nothing was going to stop them from performing that day!” Stephen Bayer said, reflecting on some of the experiences he has had with his wife Tricia at the Fox Cities Performing Arts Center.
Tricia Bayer and her husband Stephen, who own Richard’s School of the Dance in Oshkosh, have been involved with the Center as Season Ticket Holders and Annual Partners, and Richard’s School of the Dance has supported many of the Center’s Community First Community Engagement Series engagement activities throughout the years.
“My most memorable experience has got to be putting together the Mamma Mia! flashmob. Being able to give the community members, our dancers from Richard's and the volunteers at the P.A.C. the opportunity to be part of that was a very unforgettable experience,” Tricia added of her favorite memories. “The Community Engagement Activities are a fun way to bring members of the community together that share a common interest and sharing their creativity with others. Participants both from the community and the Richard's students get to meet new people, make new friends and learn new skills. They then share their adventure with their audience when they perform and that enriches the lives of the performers and audience members who come to see them ultimately building a healthier and stronger community.”
The Bayers chose to become Season Ticket Holders after attending a show on a date night out and deciding it would make a great regular date night event.
“We are very busy, like many are these days, and wanted to make our nights out something special, as well as I have always had a love of musicals,” Tricia said.
Tricia also brings students to select performances throughout the year, arranging visits through the Center’s group sales department.
“Being a dance instructor, the arts are my life,” Tricia added. “Having kids see these performances and what they can strive for if they want to perform is an amazing opportunity that many don't have. Also in today's era with the ever-increasing amounts of "screen" time, giving others a real life experience like live theater is very important.”
Supporting the arts has always been something important to the couple and as they learned more about the Center’s mission, the two also decided to become Annual Partners.
“We decided to be Annual Partners shortly after becoming Season Ticket Holders when we had learned everything the P.A.C. is doing to help bring the arts to many who wouldn't be able to take part.” Stephen said.
“Giving as an Annual Partner lets those who wouldn't necessarily have a chance to take in a show or participate in the arts have that opportunity.”