For Dr. Sean Maguire, plastic surgeon of the Physicianâ€™s Center for Beauty, the arts are part of who he is. Dr. Maguire grew up in the southwest region of the United States, living with a father who was a conductor, composer and musician and a mother who was a professional ballerina. â€œWe would go to the symphony virtually every weekend,â€ Maguire recalls. â€œI grew up in that culture, and itâ€™s always been a part of my life.â€
Although for his livelihood he operates his medical skin care and spa center â€“ he has not let his passion for the arts dull in adulthood. Instead Maguire is expanding upon it by acting as the title sponsor of for CenterStageâ€™s current production of â€œThe Wizard of Oz.â€
Maguire first became involved with the theatre company, which operates out of the Jewish Community Center, when Jason Tumulty, his practice manager, introduced him to CenterStage a few years ago. Since then, Maguire has seen a number of shows and been greatly impressed by the caliber of theatre being produced.
â€œI was just blown away by the quality, by the talent!â€ he exudes of his first time seeing a CenterStage production. â€œI was just very impressed with the quality for such a small, community theatre.â€
Maguire primarily credits John Leffert, Artistic Director of CenterStage for 14 years, with the high-quality productions. â€œUnder the direction of John Leffert, the quality of performances has just been phenomenal. [Physicianâ€™s Center for Beauty] has been involved with CenterStage for a few years as corporate sponsors, and just recently became the title sponsor of â€˜The Wizard of Oz.â€™â€ Maguire is ecstatic to be supporting CenterStage and, even more so. to be supporting one of his all time favorite pieces. â€œIâ€™m just a â€˜Wizard of Ozâ€™ freak,â€ he admits. â€œIâ€™ve got kids, and weâ€™ve always enjoyed it. So this seemed like a great opportunity to really get involved, and weâ€™re very proud to donate significant funds to this show.â€
But it isnâ€™t just the quality of theatre that has led to Maguire being such a benefactor for CenterStage. He sincerely believes in the importance of arts organizations and how they help form the identity of a city. He also acknowledges the struggle faced by such organizations and the inevitable lack of funding. â€œMaking a living in the performing arts is a very difficult road to hoe,â€ he argues. â€œArts organizations are constantly battling budgets, and itâ€™s very difficult for arts organizations, particularly in this era, to maintain and pay their bills.â€ Following the recession of 2008, many arts organizations lost funding from donors who were simply unable to give. However, Maguire so deeply believes in the importance of the arts that he has taken a stand in support of sustaining the arts, currently in the form of his participation in â€œThe Wizard of Oz.â€
â€œArts organizations like CenterStage are so vital to the quality of life in a city,â€ Maguire reasons. â€œJust as good schools, low crime and a nice climate can add to a townâ€™s quality of life, so can a vibrant and diverse arts community.â€ For this reason, Maguire looks forward to years of continued support of CenterStage and the Louisville arts scene as a whole. However, he laments the fact that it is a battle he sometimes feels he is fighting alone. â€œUnfortunately there are a lot of people that just donâ€™t see the arts as that important â€“ they just donâ€™t. Theyâ€™re more interested in going to basketball gamesâ€¦but I think once you have kids, for a lot of families, they get it; they start to understand the importance of the arts.â€ Maguire hopes more Louisvillians can latch on to the thriving arts scene in the city and consequently support it. But it all starts with going out and seeing a show, as he believes, â€œif they see high quality productions, then theyâ€™ll recognize that as something worth supporting.â€ VT
By REMY SISKÂ |Â Contributing Writer
â€œThe Wizard of Ozâ€ presented by Physicianâ€™s Center for Beauty runs now through Jan. 25 at The Jewish Community Center. Tickets are $20 for adults and $16 for children ten and under. As sell outs are expected, it is recommend to get tickets in advance by calling 502.238.2709 or visiting jewishlouisville.org.