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on Jan 24, 2008
I have very fond memories of Little Theater in Palo Alto. In the 50s I took a drama class and after many tryouts was cast in the part of the Duchess in the Christmas Candle. I was thrilled. My photo was in the Palo Alto Times, which was my first professional vehicle as a high school journalist (Paly Hi Times).
I will never forget Reggie, the theater wonder woman, who tirelessly worked with us, the smell of the greasepaint, the costumes, the presense I felt on stage. I was a very shy child, but on stage, I was the diva of the world. Of course I will never forget my peers, Sharon and Adele who elected me the Queen of Embarcadero Road one day.
It sounds as if you former thespians may be able to help out with the current need. Can you help sort out the problems for the current cast, do you have any contacts?
"To keep thriving, the Palo Alto Children's Theatre has a powerful asset: all of its budget — just under a million dollars annually — is covered by city taxes, Litfin said. The organization also has its own theater on Middlefield Road, thanks to the philanthropy of Lucie Stern back in the '30s. In addition, there's a Friends of the Palo Alto Children's Theatre group, and a corps of other volunteers."
All I can say is WOW!!!
Why on earth are we, the taxpayers supporting a childrens' activity, when so many other youth organizations do it without taxpayer monies? Think about Little Leage, AYSO soccer, etc. They don't get taxpayer money, except the use of the fields. If the "3000 to 4000 young people" each pay a fee equivalent to that required to participate in the other youth organizaitons, the annual cost would be covered. Maybe the easy money is behind this scandal. What is going on here?
I see an immediate way for PA to save $1M.
I love the arts, but $1 million out of the city budget for something like this is insane.
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