Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Crary Buchanan and the Lyric Theatre, two of the most respected and longstanding entities on the Treasure Coast, have established a unique collaboration on cultural programs for students and families.

Through a $25,000 grant, the law firm is taking a leadership role in the Lyric's Arts and Education Program, which includes the presenting company's Discovery series, artists-in-residence series and family programs.

“Crary Buchanan's attorneys are committed to the educational and cultural development of children,” said managing partner Mike Crary. “We chose the Lyric because of its shared dedication to quality programming and community service.”

“This partnership between the Lyric and Crary Buchanan makes a positive and important contribution to the quality of arts on the Treasure Coast,” said John Loesser, executive director of the Lyric Theatre. “It is defining the foundation for the exceptional educational programming that our community and its students deserve.”

As a marquee sponsor, Crary Buchanan is underwriting part of the cost of programming that gives Martin County students a superior education, plus performances for family audiences. The program includes:

· Discovery Series for Young Audiences. This mainstay of the Lyric’s educational outreach has provided quality educational programming to the schools of Martin County and the surrounding Treasure Coast for over 12 years.  Crary Buchanan's underwriting will help keep ticket prices very affordable.

· Artist Residency. The program launched last year, takes artists into the schools to provide instruction and opportunities to perform with a professional musician or performer. Nestor Torres was the Lyric's first artist-in-residence, reaching nearly 1,000 students in a week.

· Master Classes. These “up close and personal” workshops offer students a chance to learn directly from world-renowned musicians and performers.

· Family Shows. The Lyric presents family-friendly theater experiences on weekends and school holidays. Parents and children share in the enjoyment of live performances at the Lyric. Upcoming performances include stage adaptations of the books “If You Give a Mouse a Cookie and Other Stories” and “Strega Nona.”

Crary Buchanan is a full-service law firm based in Stuart, Florida. It serves businesses, organizations and individuals in Indian River, Martin, Okeechobee, Palm Beach and St. Lucie counties. One of the oldest law firms on the Treasure Coast, Crary Buchanan was founded by Senator Evans Crary, Sr., in 1927 and has the highest AV rating from Martindale Hubbell. The firm operates on the principles of truth and responsibility, and values clients, not cases.

Several of the firm's 14 attorneys are board certified and many have years of experience in their fields. The firm’s services include business and other litigation, contracts, real estate, employment law, family law, foreclosure defense, personal injury law, securities litigation, and trusts and estates. For more information, visit or call 772-287-2600.


The Lyric Theatre's mission is to restore and provide a historic theater facility in Downtown Stuart in order to enhance cultural and educational development for Martin County and surrounding communities. The theater remains in operation year-round and draws over 80,000 people to the theater and the surrounding historic Downtown Stuart area. The programming attracts audiences that range in age from students and families to adults and seniors. For more information, visit or telephone 772-286-7827.