Video: The Road to the Show 

An interview with CenterStage's Jim Ukrop and Bob Mooney.

Most people can barely commit to driving the same car for 10 years. So imagine what it takes to spend about a decade shepherding through a complex, public-private, politically tinged, $73.5 million mammoth of a performing arts center -- as a volunteer.

Hundreds of people will raise a glass and breathe a sigh of relief Friday, Sept. 11, at a private gala celebrating the opening weekend of CenterStage. Businessmen James E. Ukrop and J. Robert Mooney will be somewhere in the midst, having seen most of the project's ups, downs, fits and starts.

Ukrop and Mooney, who serve as chairman and vice chairman, respectively, of CenterStage Foundation, spent an hour with Style Editor Jason Roop looking back over the project that's dominated much of their lives -- and the city's attention.

“I've always enjoyed doing things people say can't be done,” Ukrop says.

In the three-part video feature, available here, the men discuss how the mission of CenterStage has changed through the years, their updated plans for hiring an executive director and what they've learned through the process. They also talk about how they envision CenterStage will affect small arts groups, the center's education program and how leadership soon will be changing.

“This is time to look at our board a little bit differently,” Mooney says.


CenterStage: The Road to the Show (Part 1 of 3) from Style Weekly on Vimeo.

CenterStage: The Road to the Show (Part 2 of 3) from Style Weekly on Vimeo.

CenterStage: The Road to the Show (Part 3 of 3) from Style Weekly on Vimeo.

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