Broadway performers support local community center

The money from this performance will benefit the many programs at the Dunbar community center

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Broadway came to Springfield Sunday afternoon to the cheers of hundreds of Dunbar Community Center supporters. 22News found it was standing room only for this outpouring of support.

Local talent who learned to sing and dance at the Dunbar community center shared the city stage in downtown Springfield Sunday afternoon with Broadway performers, some of whom grew up in Springfield, like Broadway veteran Cecilia-Morris…

Cecilia Morris, who grew up in Springfield, said, “I grew up in the Dunbar, I danced in the Dunbar for many years, I appeared in several recitals with the
Frank Hatchett dancers.”

Marva Charles, of Springfield said, “I take classes there, and I know a lot of people who are in the show, I’m here to support them.”

The money from this performance will benefit the many programs for young and old at the Dunbar community center.

Some in the audience like Nancy Myers-Gitlin moved away years ago, but were determined to support this special event that brought back so many memories

Nancy Myers-Gitlin, who now lives in Michigan, said, “So when I heard there were some potential issues at Dunbar I thought yesterday it’s absolutely fabulous to come back and feel like family, family spirit how can you not.”

By any measure it was a smash hit on stage and a further reminder of the place the Dunbar community center occupies in the hearts of so many past and present.