Recently, Duvall resident Brian Pattinson was named "Volunteer of the Year" by the city of Duvall. He received the honor for his years of commitment to the arts in the community and in the Riverview School District.
Pattinson is a founding member of the Cascade Community Theatre (CCT), a small group of performers, producers and technical gurus, who have been entertaining the community since 2007.
CCT began its journey as the Cheetah Theatre/Riverview Drama Group. After numerous performances the adult members and volunteers decided it was time for them to regroup and create plays with and for adult cast members.
"We decided that the kids shouldn't be the only ones having all of this fun," Pattinson explained.
With that, Cascade Community Theatre was born, and began producing a variety of productions, including "An Ideal Husband," "The Odd Couple," Twelve Angry Men" and the "It's a Wonderful Life" radio show/play.
Pattinson has been involved in each performance. He is not only a selfless volunteer, he is also a talented performer, director, sound/lighting technician and stage builder, a "jack of all trades," and integral part of every production.
"Brian has been involved in so many community projects over the past few years, it is impossible to count them all," said Duvall Mayor Will Ibershof when presenting the city's Volunteer of the Year award. "He is known as a go-to person for sound production and technical advice and is willing to step in at the last minute if needed...Brian works with Cedarcrest High School’s music and drama departments and loves mentoring future techies. A 14 year Duvall resident, Brian has the enthusiastic support of his wife Jane and their two daughters, Kira and Amelia."
Cedarcrest drama teacher, Michelle Lewis, who has worked with Pattinson on a variety of productions, described him as "… an instrumental part of the drama program at Cedarcrest. His knowledge, enthusiasm, expertise and dedication in helping make our program successful is outstanding…. He is an exceptionally important part of the CHS drama department."
Pattinson explains his dedication to volunteerism and helping others simply. "I believe it is what we are all here for," he says.