[Looking this over, I realize it gets a bit gushy. But I'm convinced it's accurate. There really is something special happening at Out North now.]
That's not to say a lot of special performances haven't already happened over the years. But Scott seems to have sprinkled his own magic dust on Out North.
The season preview attracted a full house to bid on silent auction items, eat and drink, and then to watch Scott emcee the preview show spotlighting Out North Art House residents he's gathered to Primrose and Bragaw.
It's an amazing collection of talent - from Hmong youth musicians, Hispanic Hip Hop, a therapy theater group from Akeela House, youth rappers, a writers' group, 20 something actors troupe, a non-profit that works with disabled students, a dance group, local arts magazine, to an FM radio license - from such a variety of local communities and media.
I have no doubt that the kind of talent we sampled last night exists in every community. The difference is that here everything has come together just right to provide the nurturing and mentoring to hone one's craft and confidence, the space and time to practice and perform, and an administrative infrastructure to get the bills paid and the audience to attend. That infrastructure includes a lot of volunteers and a charismatic performer/organizer who contributes a special energy and excitement.
I haven't had time to edit all the video I took of last night's event, but here's part one.
I've added the second part of the video here.
Part 3 is here.