Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia on May 26, 1974 · Page 74
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May 26, 1974

Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia · Page 74

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^JS**5*% the *°"til a4» |WB i.«TaW OPEN 9to5Daily · Greeting Cards FOR AU OCCASIONS NEW and USED · Paperback Books · Popular Magazine ·Novelty Items · Tapes and Players For Used Paperback Books CICARETTES at DISCOUNT CALL 342-9794 'Monty Hall At Sea World" will he lelerast at 8 p.m., Friday. Mav 31 on ABC-TV. Use Want Ads. 'One for aW plan council decision i-NO LEAKS (COUNT DOWNSPOUTS IN FOOTAGE) By Martha smith Share and share alike was the philosophy adopted by Charleston's performing arts council. And, despite what some Charleston Symphony Orchestra supporters say, that's the only fair way. Admittedly the symphony has to pay the musicians for rehearsal and concerts, and guest soloists don't play for free. But the symphony also has a solid financial backing as well as several major fundraising projects such as the auction and ball. Other organizations in the council, however, aren't so fortunate. The Kanawha Valley Youth Orchestra and the Charleston Ballet both operate on limited budgets and, consequently, give relatively few : performances. The Civic Chorus, which schedules two concerts a year (both.free to those who care to attend), received some financial aid this year in the form of grants from the musicians' union and from an arts endowment. The Arts and Humanities Council will provide grants to performing arts groups whictf devise new concepts or new programs. The West Vest Virginia Opera Theater has, in the past, received a few of those grants. But the Kanawha Players, C h i l d r e n ' s Theater and Charleston Light Opera Guild all depend, for the most part, on gate receipts to keep them in the black. Each organization has some success in obtaining donations from angels, patrons, and sponsors. The Guild has been, especially proficient at , selling program advertising, while the Players' forte has been enlisting large individual contributors. Therefore, the City of Charleston's gift -- an endowment to city performing arts groups which primarily employ local talent -- is a boon to the groups. To some, perhaps, more than others, but a previously untapped source of revenue for all nonetheless. To have quibbled over who should get the biggest chunk of the financial pie (for whatever reason) would have meant certain death to the project. Instead, representatives of all the groups acted in such a way as to insure future good relations among all the. council members and to insure that everyone is treated fairly. In addition, a clause in the council's statement of purpose takes into consideration any future unexpected revenue which might fall into the council's possession. As I understand it, that money could be used for special projects such as hiring extra musicians for a particularly spectacular symphony concert (a procedure followed when the Strauss "Don Juan" was performed.) Or, if the Opera Theater chose to give a special admission-free performance for schoolchildren or for senior citizens, council money might be used. Or, if the Guild or Players chose to do a special community service .*: .- ·- ', V ». t ·.· t fl f. '. show or selected a play whose rights were expen- seve to purchase, then the council might provide the extra money necessary. At least, that's how I envision any additional funds being used -- according to need or to assist in production of a special project. The city has given local performing arts a temporary shot in the arm. But how long will it last? Jane Theiling, a person close to the arts who was named by Mayor Hutchinson to coordinate the arts council, believes, as I do, that city funding is a stop-gap measure. Very few cities the size of Charleston have as many non-professional theater groups. Most elect to combine music and drama as well as children's productions. of one of the country's most successful community theaters when Baltimore Center Stage appeared here. In Baltimore, there is drama, music and, each Saturday morning, something for the kids -- puppetry, mime, storytelling. My point is not a new one. Eventually, some of Charleston's arts groups will have to merge for survival. And, that action will have a positive effect, I suspect. Rather than choosing which season ticket to purchase, a theater-goer can subscribe to one season and be guaranteed perhaps two musicals, three plays and .special events (including a play or so) for the kids. It's my prediction, then, that within the next five years (probably sooner), the Guild, Player's and Children's Theater will develop a working agreement to combine season tickets, di- ~;;:v .."J/C-.J .""-7. 11; n · .s n v n ' I rectors, workshop space and revenue. With prices rising and few-, er persons being able to afford tickets to all the theater events (at $4 a seat for local productions), a merger of some sort must take place. And it won't be the end of the world. It will be a new, fresh beginning for commun-1 ity theater which can, through habit and apathy, become stale. Whiie Onl KRRN. FT. INSTALLED. (order estimating by phone only) WHITE-AND-BROWM GUTTER-TITE (A DIV. of ALUM. Bldg. Prod. Corp.) ST. ALBANS, W. Va. 727-9363 DAY NITE ~ : BH ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^M^^^H^qM«HnMMHMHMMMHHHHMHHMMHnHHMMMMMIIHM*Mi Install Chrysler Airtemp Central Air Conditioning In Your Home rlirtemp NO NONSENSE SURVEY Choose Chrysler Airtemp With Confidence FHA HOME IMPROVEMENT or BANK FINANCING AVAILABLE HEATING AND COOLING SPECIALISTS irtemp 1325 DUNBAR AVE. Phone 768-0066 AUTHORIZED AIRTEMP DEALER .DUNBAR, W.VA. Out of Town Call Collect "·;,? ': .'.?jt-. v ' .'· 11-. ', i.'. ' .'·..· »V i CHRYSLER CORPORATION

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