Promoting the arts in Plain City

Members of the new Plain City Music, Arts & Theatre Society board are excited to present their inaugural season of events and invite the public to support their efforts to support the arts in Plain City: (front row, from left) Marion Stenner, Anne Gorman, Ashley Hay Skinner; (second row) Deborah Moore, Dennis Graber; (back row) Jennifer Moore, Ryan Gutierrez, Daniel Rodriguez, Lucas Gutierrez, and Holly Novak.

(Posted Aug. 31, 2023)

By Kristy Zurbrick, Madison Editor

Plain City now has its own arts organization.

The Plain City Music, Arts & Theatre Society (PCMATS) is a registered non-profit group with a mission to support and encourage all forms of art in the community. In its inaugural season, the organization is presenting an original musical and supporting and promoting events by the Plain City Community Singers, Re-Markie Bellz handbell choir, and PC Trinity Theatre.

“We are working at building the arts because Plain City is growing so fast,” said Anne Gorman, PCMATS president and retired choral/musical director for Jonathan Alder Local Schools.

The goal, Gorman said, is to not only support the local artistic efforts already in action but also nurture new ventures and new artists and performers.

“I’m sure there is a lot of untapped talent here,” she said.

The events lineup for PCMATS’ inaugural season are as follows:

Music in the Park–The Plain City Community Singers, now in their third year, will perform a concert Sept. 10 at 5 p.m. at Pastime Park, 370 N. Chillicothe St., Plain City. Admission is free.

The ensemble features 32 to 40 men and women of all ages. They rehearse three times a month, April-December, at Buckeye Brass & Winds, 202 N. Chillicothe St., Plain City. Anyone can be part of the choir. For details, contact Gorman at

“The Picture of Dorian”–This original musical by Gorman, adapted from Oscar Wilde, will make its debut Oct. 13-15 at the Marysville Veterans Memorial Auditorium. The 25-member cast is deep into rehearsals. Ticket information will be announced soon.

Christmas Under the Clock–PCMATS will present “A Clock Tower Christmas” in conjunction with the village of Plain City’s annual holiday festivities on Dec. 2. Small ensembles will perform seasonal songs, art, and dramatic readings from 5 to 8 p.m. at Buckeye Brass & Winds. Admission is free.

Holiday Concerts–The Plain City Community Singers will perform Dec. 10 at 3 p.m. and Dec. 14 at 7 p.m. at Buckeye Brass & Winds. Ticket prices to be announced at a later date.
The public can get involved with PCMATS a number of ways: by attending performances, purchasing a membership, becoming a sponsor for “The Picture of Dorian,” or making a donation. More information on these opportunities can be found on the organization’s Facebook page.

Supporters of the new Plain City Music, Arts, & Theatre Society participated in Plain City’s Independence Day parade.

Monetary donations can be made out to “Plain City Music, Arts & Theatre Society” and mailed to P.O. Box 317, Plain City, OH 43064. Contributions are tax deductible.

PCMATS officers and board members include: Anne Gorman, president; Lucas Gutierrez, treasurer; Dennis Graber, vice president of music; Daniel Rodriguez-Hijo, vice president of theatre; Jennifer Moore, vice president of art; Holly Novak, secretary; Ashley Hay Skinner, membership chair; and Deborah Moore, Ryan Gutierrez, and Marion Stenner, members at large.

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