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State of Vermont

House of Representatives

Montpelier, Vermont

Joint Concurrent House Resolution

H.C.R.  164

House concurrent resolution congratulating the Catalyst Theatre Company’s Thumbs Up! Showcase on its tenth anniversary gala

Offered by:  Representatives Lorber of Burlington, Aswad of Burlington, Atkins of Winooski, Cross of Winooski, Donahue of Northfield, Donovan of Burlington, Fisher of Lincoln, French of Randolph, Keogh of Burlington, Kiss of Burlington, Larson of Burlington, Pugh of S. Burlington, Tracy of Burlington, Wright of Burlington and Zuckerman of Burlington

Whereas, the mission of the Catalyst Theatre Company is to attract and involve artistic personnel, volunteers, and audiences of diverse backgrounds, and

Whereas, the Thumbs Up! Showcase is an annual performing arts presentation featuring the talents of performers from the greater Burlington area and beyond with special needs, and

Whereas, the inspiration for Thumbs Up! was Veronica López’s sister BeBe, who has never allowed any challenges, from the limitations of Down Syndrome in particular to society in general, to inhibit her love of the performing and visual arts, including dancing, drawing, and singing, and

Whereas, Veronica López, the artistic director of the Catalyst Theatre Company in Burlington, in collaboration with her colleague, Gail Richardson, and with support from HomeBase Arts, Howard Community Services, and VSA Arts, established Thumbs Up! Showcase in 1996, and

Whereas, the Thumbs Up! Showcases have included such diverse audience-pleasing offerings as African dancing and drumming, fully choreographed dance pieces, cantastorias, piano performances, and sign mime, and

Whereas, Catalyst Theatre has developed four goals for Thumbs Up! Showcase which are 1) to provide and support a nurturing atmosphere for the participants; 2) to provide the participants the tools to enable them to develop their creative expressions; 3) to enrich the lives of people with developmental disabilities through community and interpersonal relationships; and 4) to enrich, entertain, and educate the community through live performances, and

Whereas, HomeBase Arts, Howard Community Services, Vermont ARC, the G.R.A.C.E. Project, VSA Arts, and Vermont Special Olympics have assisted in the development and growth of Thumbs Up!, and

Whereas, Burlington City Arts has honored the Catalyst Theatre Company for “Enlightening, Entertaining and Educating” through Thumbs Up!, and

Whereas, Catalyst Theatre will tour Thumbs Up! Showcase in Addison this summer in hopes of developing similar projects in other parts of Vermont and presenting the Chittenden County production in other locations, and

Whereas, on June 2 and 3, the Thumbs Up! Showcase tenth anniversary gala event will be celebrated under the gracious sponsorship of the University of Vermont’s theater department, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly congratulates the Catalyst Theatre Company’s Thumbs Up! Showcase and its participants on its tenth anniversary gala, and be it further

Resolved:  That the secretary of state be directed to send a copy of this resolution to Veronica López in Burlington.

Published by:

The Vermont General Assembly
115 State Street
Montpelier, Vermont