Wild Rose Moon started in 2015 when Marcia Heintzberger,a dancer, and George Schricker, her old theater/dance partner cooked up an idea: Why not open a place where singers could sing, and dancers could dance, and poets recite, and actors act, and musicians weave their magical threads?
And so they put their backs to it. And things developed. And the dream grew.
We first built our small concert hall and began photo-documenting (Amanda Jo Boener) and recording (Dan Shuppert) all that went on there: performances of dancers, songwriters, and poets. We knew these recordings could help the performers we were supporting develop their careers.
Starting with our welcoming Open Mic Series, led by the talented Tim Pike and John Bahler, we blossomed. Listening to the performers we fashioned our philosophy of establishing a listening room.
Soon we scheduled feature performances which we billed and ticketed. We made plans for a radio show. The Open Mic grew and grew. And throughout the land we became known as a fine listening venue.
After a year a board of directors formed, and by May 2016 Wild Rose Moon had become a member-run, not for profit, that promotes the performing arts and brings them to our center in Historic Downtown Plymouth.
Today, Wild Rose Moon is a growing, thriving, and expanding community of members, volunteers, and artists. In addition, we are actively building a new internship program in performing arts production that we hope to institute by the Summer of 2017. Our Wild Rose Moon Radio Hour is on the air on WVPE FM and WTCA AM and FM.
Presently, our feature performance series, artists who are actively touring, has grown. Our Open Mic program just keeps getting better. In addition, we are beginning to institute our showcase performance series, featuring the work of emergent singer-songwriters and performers who have often appeared at Open Mic.
From its inception, Wild Rose Moon has hosted workshops and public meetings in the interest of fostering the growth of a creative community—a community dedicated to bringing entertaining and thought-provoking artists together with gracious audiences in a warm and welcoming atmosphere.
If you want to learn more about our history, why not arrange a tour of Wild Rose Moon and experience a brief presentation by one of our staff or docents. Pick up the brochure on the history of Wild Rose Moon. Or just click here, to read more about the history of the building and its gradual renovation.
Wild Rose Moon thrives on a generous network of members, helping to sustain us financially. So after your tour, be sure to pick up a membership card and consider investing in the further development of the performing arts in your town, county, and region. Click here to support the Wild Rose Moon.
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One of the first things we mention, when people come to Wild Rose Moon, is that we are a listening room. Even some of our performers are new to that term. The idea for a listening room comes from a set of seminal experiences I had many years ago in a small room that unknowingly transformed the way I thought about performance.
I first came across Amazing Grace Coffee house, as a student, in 1972, when it had moved to a quonset hut on Northwestern University grounds. Because it purveyed some of the best food on campus, Amazing Grace Coffee house soon became my home away from home. The tickets were inexpensive too, and that made attending the performances even more inviting. The de rigueur for the evening was basic: one bought a ticket, walked inside, ordered a muffin, a bowl of lentil soup and some tea, found a place on the floor (for me, usually directly in front of the stage) and settled in for the performance. After a time an emcee appeared, introduced the act, and the show began.
Although informal, the shows in that room were extraordinary. They featured acoustic roots musicians like David Bromberg, Vassar Clements, John Hartford, Bonnie Koloc, and the amazing gospel singer, Odetta. Equally incredible were the audiences, which sat enraptured by the quality of the performances and the amazing sound engineering that made it all so blessedly natural. These were intimate performances that were filled with virtuosity and conveyed an enormous amount of emotional content. One could experience the best of human emotions in just one evening. Joy, sadness, despair, and love emanated from the songs and the stories that introduced them. And all through the performances the audience sat spellbound, knowing they were somehow part of something wonderful.
This was my first experience of a listening room. Many years later, when we had the chance to open Wild Rose Moon, I realized I very much wanted to translate that experience here.
As you sit in Wild Rose Moon's Perfomance Hall, or sit in The Little Moon Theater, I hope you will be experiencing much of this same feeling. Both are places that allow for an experience of intimacy with the performer and full attention to the performance.
Since opening the Wild Rose Moon, I have come to realize that listening itself is a difficult art. In a hectic, noise-filled world, true listening is a premium difficult to experience. Yet, each time I hear new performers at Open Mic, or young touring performers on stage, I’m reminded of what an essential gift the art of listening is to creating a caring and beautiful world.
It was only years later, after my experience of Amazing Grace Coffee House, that I realized those evenings of sitting, deeply listening to the beautiful hearts of all those fine and different performers, had transformed and enriched me with a deep sense of what it meant to be a growing and compassionate human. It makes me smile thinking of it. And I treasure those fine souls who thought to provide me with that experience. In that sense, Wild Rose Moon is a tribute to the listening opportunity they provided to so many.
It’s worth repeating, the art of listening isn’t easy, but it’s crucial, both to the performer and to oneself, as it is the listening that allows the performance to lift and soar . . . to move us deeply…toward community. The laughter, the tears, the swells of emotion, our pulses beating together; the art of performance brings us all a rich taste of what it means to be a growing, compassionate human.