By Gene Gould, Fundraising Director & Thespian

When I was a teenager, my mother talked me into auditioning for a play. At first, I wasn’t too excited. But once I became involved, I caught the bug: the theatre and acting bug. I so enjoyed being part of the play, and I had a blast. I was taken not only by the acting, but by the set design, the building of the set, the lighting, the sound, the prop coordinating, the back stage managing, and by the costume design and creation. There are many facets to the magic of theatre.

After many nights of rehearsal, all of these components would come together to create wonderful moments of love, comedy, tragedy, and musical theatre. It took me to a different time and place where one can root for the hero, jeer the villain, and believe that the witch really can turn someone into a frog. As you rehearse for a play, the excitement, joy, and thrill of the theatre build up until you hear the words “quiet on the set.” That means only one thing: the play is about to begin.

Just as a play comes to you in separate acts, the Hillsborough Community Center will be built in phases. While our first act of business will be to buy land, Phase II will be to build a community theatre that will have lights, sound, and magic.

Home is Where Your Playbills Are

A theatre will benefit local area businesses, as the people who attend shows will eat at a restaurant, put gas in their vehicle, and perhaps stay locally overnight. The stage will also be used for large-scale events, recitals, and concerts. So, if you are interested in theatre, and would like to hear those words “quiet on the set,” then help us build the Hillsborough Community Center.

To learn more about the Hillsborough Community Center project, visit

And Don’t Miss Our Dinner Theatre Fundraiser!

We’re serving up two performances that includes a delicious Italian dinner with dessert, which you can enjoy while you participate in this hilarious who-dunnit. Tickets for adults $25 per person, per show. Children 15 and under $15 per person, per show. All proceeds will go toward the purchase of land for the future regional community center. Learn more and buy tickets while they’re still available »