Pendleton Theatre Named for former Waldport Resident and OCCC Foundation Board Member
Blue Mountain Community College,
Date: May 16, 2011
Contact: Tammie Parker, Public Relations, 541-278-5951
PENDLETON THEATRE NAMED FOR FORMER WALDPORT RESIDENT AND OCCC FOUNDATION BOARD MEMBER
Blue Mountain Community College in Pendleton, Oregon, recently honored former Waldport resident and Oregon Coast Community College Foundation Board member Bob Clapp by naming the Pendleton campus theatre The Bob Clapp Theatre. On April 16th a dedication celebration that packed the college theatre was attended by BMCC board members, present and former faculty and staff, performers, family and friends from all over the Northwest.
After teaching English, Speech and Theatre Arts at Blue Mountain Community College for over 25 years, Clapp retired to the Oregon Coast with his family. He became active with the Oregon Coast Community College, was the first president of the OCCC Foundation and served on the Foundation board until he became ill. He died last September after a two year battle with ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease).
A beloved teacher and mentor to hundreds, Clapp was also the driving force in the development of College Community Theatre in Pendleton, a college and community theatre organization that grew from a small group whose cast numbers often exceeded audience numbers, into a production company with packed houses. Clapp, a founding member of The Arts Council of Pendleton and the first director of the Betty Feves Memorial (fine arts) Gallery, was a key figure in the development of the cultural life of Pendleton.
The Bob Clapp Theatre dedication was a celebration of Clapp’s years as a teacher, director and actor. Up on stage, along with family members, were former colleagues, and actors and singers from musicals and plays which he directed. A medley of songs from both his roles as actor and director found the Pendleton audience on their feet. A fitting tribute to a beloved friend, teacher and performer.
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