Is the Palo Alto Children's theater lossing it's gem luster?
Original post made by 78sun on Aug 17, 2009
Since the new crew has arrived with fiery to change everything, it is less about the kids and more about "something else???" Pressures from the city to be profitable and pressures from the Friends to prove that they are making the right decisions. What about the children!!!
If you give a mouse a cookie will have a cast of only "three children" I have heard...Have you heard that the current crew is actually afraid of children!!! More and more of the plays are casting fewer children.
Practices Monday - Sunday now...who cares about a fun experience for the kids or their well-being...the new crew wants to "make the theater more professional!" And the Friends are happy to point out the fact that the theater has a new bill board, sound system, or a Grant...Wow!!! but What about the children?
Let's have try-outs on the first day of PAUSD school they say...who cares about the kids?...They were hired to turn the once "Children's theater" into a less beloved place of community.
Who cares about the kids? They have taken out all the fun in the play subjects and make sure that 75% of the plays to our young children are dark subjects of death and betrayal, and audutery ...
And to top it...the new crew just smiles and will not listen to the community that once made the theater a special gem. They will just have to wait until they have changed enough that no one shows up any more.
on Aug 17, 2009 at 12:50 pm
This has been simmering since last fall and is edging toward disaster. Could it be that the choice of a new director was also not a good one - but it is risky to say so less one be accused of you-know-what. Something is wrong here. City Hall, wake up.
on Aug 17, 2009 at 1:14 pm
Thank you...I agree. It is good to know that others feel the same and see that something is not right!
on Aug 17, 2009 at 7:28 pm
"Something is wrong here. City Hall, wake up." This has nothing to do with City Hall. PACT is an independent entity. The fact that it's subsidized to the tune of $1M. from the taxpayers of Palo Alto is pure generosity which should end. PACT should be left to sink or swim on their own.