CSM Production’s passion is evident in the delivery and quality of live shows, experiential operations, corporate productions and special events. However, the passion that emanates throughout the team extends to the community and to giving back as well.
Jim Ablard is one such example. Since middle school, the Maryland native has had a passion for performing arts and technical theater. In fact, he earned a degree from Catawba College in Technical Theater.
Despite his busy schedule at CSM Production, Jim and his wife, Denise, brought their theater passion to the local community.
“In 2008, during an audition for the Sound of Music at a local community theater, I saw 80 children between the ages of seven and 18 try to win one of seven roles for the Von Trapp kids,” said Jim. “It was at this moment that my wife and I decided that there needed to be more opportunities for kids to participate in theater.”
The two along with several others started Actors of Tomorrow, a nonprofit committed to providing quality children's theatre in Cabarrus County.
Actors of Tomorrow creates and enriches the lives of young people by providing meaningful opportunities to explore the field of performing arts. Through participation in quality productions, educational outreach programs and summer camps, Actors of Tomorrow enhances the cultural climate for the youth of Cabarrus and surrounding counties.
“We want to empower them with confidence and self-esteem,” noted Jim. “Since 2011, I have seen kids that started with an ensemble role grow to become leaders. Kids that would not look up from a script at the beginning of a workshop were able to present a scene to an audience. Shy, quiet and withdrawn kids have found a safe environment of new friends that bring them back throughout the year.”
Established in 2013, the organization has served more than 300 since inception.
With a cast comprised of eight to 18-year-old youth, the group performed “Dorothy in Wonderland” on June 16 and again June 23-25.
Actors of Tomorrow also will offer youth camps this summer that Jim will be involved in executing. For more information on the nonprofit, visit https://www.actorsoftomorrow.org/.