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Put the Community back in our Theater

Dear TheaterGoer,

I'm thrilled that you got a whiff of community theater here - because we ARE community theater. Have you read the rave reviews from the past few Thalian Association productions, witnessed the standing ovations, the loyalty and comradery that only come from exemplary leadership?

Did you realize we've been incredibly fortunate enough to somehow land a former Artistic Director of the storied St. Bart's Playhouse in NYC? Can you believe our community actually gets to work with an actual Broadway librettist? "Tom’s credits include the stage adaptation of STATE FAIR, the final Broadway musical produced by the legendary David Merrick; the stage adaptation of Rodgers & Hammerstein's CINDERELLA starring Eartha Kitt and Jamie-Lynn Sigler; and providing script continuity for THE MELODY LINGERS ON, an Irving Berlin revue."

Did you realize the Thalian Board decided to end that with apparently no input from the community it is charged with serving? Does it seem now that they're taking a defensive posture rather than opening up a conversation with the community and even entertaining the possibility that they acted in a manner not in the community's best interest?

So, Dear TheaterGoer, if you're whiffing something stale, something other than theater must be under your nose. Perhaps it's the stench of a politics over people attitude by the Thalian Board.

Open a public conversation, TA Board. Stand down from any arrogance or defensiveness and put the community before personal gain.

Thank you!

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