Newspaper Column: Performing Arts Bloom at RCC




Nicoson, William J.

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The Connection


The stage at Reston Community Center is as well-trod by actors, dancers, and musicians as any stage a poet might celebrate. Better still, the seats facing the stage have recently become increasingly well-occupied and the theater treasury increasingly well-nourished. I talked about this happy phenomenon with Leila Gordon, RCC’s Performing Arts Director. She told me that attendance in the ‘97-‘98 season increased by 9% over ‘96-‘97, and estimated that ‘98-‘99 attendance would be 20% above ‘96-‘97. I expressed surprise at gains in attendance during the height of renovation of Hunters Woods Center, which deprived RCC of convenient parking during development. Leila Gordon thought getting to RCC performances became an adventurous challenge which in the end was turned to RCC’s advantage by both loyalty and curiosity.


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