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Thinking outside the box

Published: Sun, April 26, 2009 @ 12:00 a.m.

Thinking outside the box

We don’t know if a church and a community theater can coexist in a single building.

We suspect a lot depends on the church and the theater — and on how open and accommodating each can be to the other’s needs.

But we were intrigued by the interest shown by the Christian Revival and Discipleship Center in the shuttered Youngstown Playhouse.

If everything worked out, the congregation would get a facility suitable to its needs, and the Playhouse would get the financial help necessary to save a historic building and get back to the business of entertaining people.

Only the church and the theater group know if they’ll be able to make a deal. But that they are even talking is exciting.

It shows a willingness of some people to think outside the box. And we’re in a time when business, cultural institutions and, especially, government have to look for new ways of using facilities and people to get more out of less.

In a play, each actor has a role. But theater troupes long ago found that an actor could play more than one role, as long as both characters didn’t have to be on stage at the same time.

Every mayor, county commissioner, township trustee or school superintendent should look at their work forces and ask if artificial barriers are keeping productivity down and costs up.

If barriers exist, it’s time to tear them down.


1valleypoboy(224 comments)posted 7 years, 2 months ago

This is thinking outside the box? Your box looks different than mine. Take a look at the thread "Right Sizing" on the Talk of the Valley board.

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2leftofstr8(33 comments)posted 7 years, 2 months ago

If the church is smart, they will take over the finances of the building. The Playhouse has been a continual downhill spiral with zero accountablility for years now. I would hate to see this bring down 2 institutions.

I agree, thinking outside the box is always a good idea, but covering your a**, I mean bases, is pretty good thinking as well. Just by looking at the auditions for the playhouse productions at the middle school, you see the same names and associations that got the Playhouse into trouble in the first place. They may be very good at entertaining, but they are very poor managers, and are part of the problem of the money being mis-spent in the first place.

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