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May 2, 2014

Colbert named HCPAC director

Athens — The Henderson County Performing Arts Center welcomes Marcia Colbert as its new executive director. This is only the second executive director the center has had in its 50 years.

Colbert replaces Dennis Gilmore, who after 25 years, retired and moved to California.

Colbert, originally from Houston, and her husband, Judge Carter Tarrance, have lived in the Athens area for over 15 years.

She said,  “I have been volunteering for the HCPAC since 2001.”

In her role as Executive Director,  Colbert will provide innovative and strategic leadership for the center’s programmatic, educational and community outreach activities and contribute to the fundraising efforts of the organization.

Colbert, a trained theatrical dancer, performed at the Houston Civic Center, Fort Worth Civic Center and New York City Ballet, which was choreographed by George Balanchine. Balanchine is  regarded as the foremost contemporary choreographers in the world of ballet.

While on the Board of Directors of the HCPAC, Colbert, who was Director of Product, accepted the job as Executive Director. 

“When Dennis started at the center, he was the only employee,” Colbert said. “We now have three, including a technical director and office manager.”

Colbert said they have plenty of plans for the Performing Arts Center that include two summer children camps. The first camp will be for kids ages 6 to 9. The camp will run from July 7-18. The second camp for ages 10 through 13 starts on July 21 until Aug. 1.

She said the kids will learn a Disney Junior Musical. The camp attendees will perform the production at the end of camp for their families.

Other activities available at the center include Youth Excellence on Stage.

“This is a children's acting class,” said Colbert.

Colbert will be teaching a tap class. Other classes available will be, Ballet on Mondays, and Zumba on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Classes are open to whoever wants to learn.

There are senior acting classes, as well as, Reader Theater. Reader Theater is for the person who has never been on the stage, or possibly it has been a very long time since they have performed.

This is the last weekend for the current performance of “Picnic.”  Picnic is a collaboration between HCPAC and the Trinity Valley Community College  Drama Department.  Tickets are still available for the Friday and Saturday night performance.

The next production at the center will be “Daddy's dyin,’ who's got the will?” “Daddy's Dyin'” is a comedy about the reunion of a family gathered to await the imminent death of their patriarch, who has recently suffered a physically, as well as mentally-disabling stroke.

Colbert encourages volunteering for the performing arts center.

“Even if the stage scares you, there are so many other volunteer opportunities,” she said.

For information about the HCPAC, or to  sign up for their newsletter, call 903-675-3908. Information can be located on the website at

“Watch the newspaper for upcoming performances and open auditions,” said Colbert.

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