Oregonian, famous and admired film and television actor David Ogden Stiers, who passed away on March 3, 2018, will be remembered for years to come for his contribution to the Newport performing arts community.
Stiers was the associate director / resident of the Newport Symphony Orchestra (NSO), as well as one of its founders and supporters. His leadership helped transform the Yaquina Chamber Orchestra into today’s professional NSO, with musical director Adam Flatt.
While music was David’s calling, theater was his lifelong calling. Stiers was also an active and passionate supporter of the Oregon Coast Council for the Arts (OCCA), who was for many years one of his honorary co-chairs on the Capital Campaign Committee. However, it was the Summer Theater Camps and the Shakespeare Camps for young people who got David’s soul.
Over the years, he has generously educated young Thespians in seminars that have trained and encouraged Oregon’s coastal youth in the art of character development, vocal projection and emotional engagement.
In his own words, speaking of the Performing Arts Center (PAC), David often remarked, “I am so glad to see the theater fields and dance concerts involving children. They think they own this place, and obviously they do!”
OCCA executive director Catherine Rickbone recalls community members who inquire months ahead of the holiday readings of David by Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol and Dylan Thomas’s A Child’s Christmas in Wales. “We miss. We lack his baritone voice and, of course, his sense of humor, “said Rickbone.
“David will always surprise us. When he became aware of our needs, he would donate a refrigerator, microwave, chair or equipment, “continued Rickbone. “It was the small, significant things he did for the OCCA and the PAC that brought tears to our eyes again.”
Stiers’ good philanthropic works took him beyond the theater halls. Many nonprofit organizations in Newport including My Sister’s Place and the Newport Library have benefited from David’s contributions. In the minds and hearts of Newport residents, David left a lasting impression.
Citizens and members of the David Stiers theater family are leading a fundraising effort to raise $ 250,000 of the total of $ 1.6 million needed for renovations at the 30-year-old venue. New improvements to the David Ogden Stiers Theater include a new seating system, new lighting, improved sound and acoustics, and improved HVAC for theater as part of the Oregon Coast Council for the Arts (OCCA), the capital of the capital of the Newport Performing Arts Center (PAC), Entertain the Future!, Phase VII Studio Theater Enhancement.
The David Ogden Stiers Theater will host experimental theater performances, literary readings, narrations, piano performances, dance recitals, cabaret-style jazz ensembles, international musical events and a larger youth theater. It will also allow simultaneous programming with the adjacent Alice Silverman Theater.
Contributions, large and small, are tax deductible. Engagement forms are available at the Performing Arts Center or online at: http://www.coastarts.org.
For more information and details on the impact of your gift, contact Catherine Rickbone, OCCA Executive Director at 541-574-2652, firstname.lastname@example.org or Bonnie Prater at 541-574-2655, email@example.com.
Presented by Andi Spirtos