Ted DeDee

Staff Writer
Columbus Parent

Built through a successful collaboration of New Albany, Plain Township, the New Albany-Plain Local School District and the New Albany Community Foundation, the Jeanne B. McCoy Community Center for the Arts strives to provide educational and cultural opportunities for the residents of Central Ohio.

Since opening in February of 2008, the center has featured everything from Broadway shows and student performances to presentations by authors and chefs. While the center brings in professional touring acts, it also serves as a performance venue for local groups such as the New Albany Symphony Orchestra and the Columbus Children's Theatre.

Can you tell me about an event that generated a real buzz in the community?

The two events that we have had over the last three years that have had a strong positive reaction from students and parents were the two lecturers from National Geographic.

What was it about underwater photographer David Doubilet and NASA engineer Kobie Boykins that was so remarkable?

People of all ages could learn something. I was fascinated by the level of complexity of the questions asked by the people in the audience.

You've had big stars like LeAnn Rimes perform at the McCoy Center. Do they ever make unreasonable demands on the staff?

That doesn't really go on.

What was Rimes like?

Being such a huge celebrity, there was a lot of interest in people's mind whether she was truly the musical performer that everyone hoped she would be. She surpassed expectations. She was warm and very candid about her life.

What makes performances at the McCoy unique?

We try to get our performers to engage in a dialogue with the audience so the audience feels as if they have a greater understanding of what (the performers) are trying to do with their life's work.


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Coming Up: The McCoy Center hosts "Seussical Jr.," a family-friendly musical adventure through the world of Dr. Seuss on July 8, 9 and 10. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students. Call the New Albany Arts Council at 614-775-6222 for more information.