Letters to the Editor

Concerts SRO

December 13, 2011

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To the editor:

I write this after having just returned home from the Lawrence Free State High School Winter Choral Concert. For Gov. Brownback’s information, the arts are alive and well in Lawrence, Kan.

Once again, it was standing room only and approximately a third of the audience had to sit in the commons of the high school and watch the concert on TV sets placed around the area. Ever since my children were at West Junior High, most of the choir concerts that I have attended have been standing room only, and many people have been turned away. I find this a tribute to the music departments of the Lawrence school district, but I also find it frustrating that all parents, grandparents, friends and family are not able to be part of the true audience for these performances.

My question is, do we need a performing arts center that will accommodate the audiences for these performances? The talent on display at these performances should be something all parents have the opportunity to witness firsthand. I applaud the staff of all the schools for encouraging the students to participate and for producing such quality performances. ... I just know that next time I hope I  have a seat.

Comments

Scott Morgan 3 years, 6 months ago

Watching our youth perform is always a great thrill.

Why not hold the concerts on more than one or two nights? How about an afternoon show for granny and the kids?

A person can pick up a newspaper and read about failed government policies not only here, but in other parts of the world as well everyday. We all need to realize our favorite pet government goodies are going to be cut or ended. It's an inevitable mathematical fact.

parrothead8 3 years, 6 months ago

Oh, I see...if everyone just gets there earlier, then there will be enough room in the auditorium for everyone. You must be some kind of mathematical genius.

George Lippencott 3 years, 6 months ago

“My question is, do we need a performing arts center that will accommodate the audiences for these performances? The talent on display at these performances should be something all parents have the opportunity to witness firsthand. I applaud the staff of all the schools for encouraging the students to participate and for producing such quality performances. ... I just know that next time I hope I have a seat.”

Moderate Comments: So we want to spend another $15 million to build a venue to handle the few times a year we are overbooked in our current venues. Is this lady part of the 1%?

GardenMomma 3 years, 6 months ago

Why not have them at our current Arts Center? Do they have to be held at the high school?

mr_right_wing 3 years, 6 months ago

If that many people are truly coming, the school district should investigate approaching KU to use the Lied Center. An admission may need to be charged to cover any possible 'rental' fees...but if these parents are this dedicated it would be a very small price to pay. (But also great PR for the university with area high school students.)

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