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I wanted to tell everyone know that if you did not see the Gingerbread Players production of "A Year With Frog and Toad" this past weekend, you missed an outstanding show. It was an amazing collection of very talented kids who obviously worked very hard. I see where attendance was so good at the Zodiac production that it was held over. Unfortunately, the attendance for Frog and Toad was not that good. I congratulate those involved with the Zodiac show, I'm glad to see their hard work pay off. Shame on all of you who do not support children's theatre. This is the future of local theatre and without support many of them may give up and move on to other things. Those of you who attended the show not only saw a great show, but did your part to support local theatre. Those who didn't come because they were "too busy", should hang your head in shame.
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Originally posted by Steve Stevenson:
Red Bull, the tickets were only $8 to Frog and Toad. If you can't afford that then you have serious financial problems and probably don't need to be spending it on ANY entertainment.


What a great attitude. When I was in college, I save every dime and rarely spent extra on entertainment. $8 goes a long way for someone on a limited budget. Just because you can afford something doesn't mean others can. Please save your judgment, as it is degrading and disgusting.

As for the theater, I support it and go and participate as much as possible. It's snotty people like you who turn people away when you should be welcoming them and possibly offering a free ticket to a person who wouldn't otherwise attend.
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Red Bull, the tickets were only $8 to Frog and Toad. If you can't afford that then you have serious financial problems and probably don't need to be spending it on ANY entertainment.


Steve, consider this: Family of 4 Tickets for F&T = $32. Tickets for Death by Chocolate = $40. Total $72!!

Once again, I'll ask why you folks can't coordinate a little better to help folks like me help support the theatre (which I do as much as possible). Isn't the Gingerbread Players the "sister" group of the Zodiac? Why did they have 2 plays the same weekend? I wanted to see F&T because I knew some kids involved, but, also knew some folks in Death by Chocolate...

Make it easier for folks to support please don't plan on the same weekend.
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Originally posted by HomicidalLlama:
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Originally posted by Steve Stevenson:
Red Bull, the tickets were only $8 to Frog and Toad. If you can't afford that then you have serious financial problems and probably don't need to be spending it on ANY entertainment.


What a great attitude. When I was in college, I save every dime and rarely spent extra on entertainment. $8 goes a long way for someone on a limited budget. Just because you can afford something doesn't mean others can. Please save your judgment, as it is degrading and disgusting.

As for the theater, I support it and go and participate as much as possible. It's snotty people like you who turn people away when you should be welcoming them and possibly offering a free ticket to a person who wouldn't otherwise attend.



Llama....I agree some folks are less fortunate than others....we should always be careful who we step on going up..we may pass them coming down......
Nobody is saying that everyone has unlimited money resources, but if you only have a limited amount of funds and REALLY want to support theatre, use it to support our children's and school theatre programs. That's where the future lies. Without them there will be no future theatre for people to go to. As for scheduling, sometimes it is out of the control of the children's theatre because they have to do there productions at local schools and it has to fit the schools schedules, not other theatre groups. I am not a snob, I am a devout lover of theatre who hates to see the hard work of a great group of kids not be appreciated. I don't have the ability to give away free tickets, but I am all for that if it will get more people in the seats. The money is not as important as having people there to enjoy the shows.
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Nobody is saying that everyone has unlimited money resources, but if you only have a limited amount of funds and REALLY want to support theatre, use it to support our children's and school theatre programs. That's where the future lies. Without them there will be no future theatre for people to go to. As for scheduling, sometimes it is out of the control of the children's theatre because they have to do there productions at local schools and it has to fit the schools schedules, not other theatre groups. I am not a snob, I am a devout lover of theatre who hates to see the hard work of a great group of kids not be appreciated. I don't have the ability to give away free tickets, but I am all for that if it will get more people in the seats. The money is not as important as having people there to enjoy the shows.



Steve, I do support children's theatre and school performances for sure. As such you are aware of ALL the performances held in the last couple of weeks. Some of us have to pick and choose. As for free tickets, I heard one group,school group, who actually advertises their shows by giving away a few tickets. Perhaps you can present this to the folks with the Gingerbread Players. They also have a children's price for their performances. This might help as well.

When/where/what is the next Gingerbread performance by the way?
You know, not sticking up for some earlier comments, I sincerely feel for all those young actors and actresses for the simple fact didn't have a large crowd to watch their show. I'm sure they worked hard and long to perfect their performances. And knowing they were under the direction of Michael Green, I have no doubt it was a wonderful show.

Even if performing for a single person,the actor must perform as though it were 1000000000....
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If you can't afford that then you have serious financial problems and probably don't need to be spending it on ANY entertainment.



Wow. I don't really know how to respond to that. Too bad you're making the entire theatre community look bad with that statement. You should think a little bit before you make statements like that.

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It is my understanding that Gingerbread gave away free tickets on the radio as a promotion the week of the show.


That's great, but it doesn't do any good for the folks that don't listen to the crappy* radio stations around here. So don't get all uppity about how there were free tickets out there...

*By crappy, I mean that I don't listen to current country or top 40 music. It's not a slam on the DJs or anything. I'm sure they probably do a good job. Smiler
I don't speak for the entire theatre community, just for myself. No more than I'm sure you speak for all the discontented people who live in this area. And I get sick of people like you who complain about "Crappy" radio stations and you are also probably one of those who says there is nothing around here to do. What should area theatre's do? Just give away free tickets to everyone? Unfortunately there are a lot of expenses involved with doing a theatre production, or concert or any other arts endeavor. That money has to come from somewhere. I don't hear people griping that they can't get free tickets to sporting events. This area is blessed with a tremendous amount of talented and unselfish people who donate their time and talents , FOR ABSOLUTELY NO PAY, to try and make this area a better place to live and all people do is gripe. All these people want is to feel appreciated.
Ummm... No, I don't gripe about there being nothing to do around here. I also donate my time and talents to local events such as the local film festival and other film-related activities around here.

My statements have nothing to do with the local theatre. My comments were directed at you and the nasty comments that you had for Red Bull. That was mighty uppity of you.

I don't think that the theatre groups should just give away tickets. That's ridiculous. I never made any mention of that. I was simply calling you out for being so harsh.
It's about time there was some harsh talk concerning the arts in this area. I have watched the support for local artists slowly dwindle over the past few years and I am frightened by it. I am also tired of the excuses and the complacent attitude many people have about it. I am not blaming any one person for this problem nor do I expect any one person to attend every single event, but Red Bulls response was typical of many people. Good excuses, bad excuses, no excuses, the result is the same. There was a time when theatre, concerts and other artists thrived here. I applaud those people who support the arts, but they are getting fewer by the year. Just look at the decline of paton memberships to any local group. Some groups have seen patron memeberships decline by as much as 70%. Why do you think there are only a few schools with full-time arts programs? Because of lack of financial support. School budgets can't justify them. Unless enough people are willing to sacrifice a few nights a year and give up the costs of a few movies or ballgames or eating out a couple of times a year, in exchange for the uncountable hours and expenses accumulated by those who make the arts happen, then the arts in this area is going to die. That means theatre, music, dance, art, film, etc. If that happens nobody wins.

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