Wow, this whole thing is just incredibly sad.
Backstagediva- I thank you for speaking out for those who have given many years of blood, sweat, and tears to the arts in this community and to a place that has meant so much to so many.
There are quite a few respondents on this thread who are simply missing the point. One person actually said-
"Someone argued with me the other day that their youth theater program is their outreach. That is RIDICULOUS. Do you have any idea how much money they make off our kids? I can pretty much guarantee that it's the revenue generated from the childrens theater that keeps that place open and not the funds generated from mainstage shows. That isn't outreach. It's exploitation."
Are you serious? I would wager that I speak for many when i say that my experiences at the Playhouse on all levels, in many ways defines who I am today and served as some of the building blocks for what I have been able to achieve. It was a community organization where kids in the youth theatre and adults on the main stage could interact with others of different races, religions, economic status, etc- all with the common goal of creating something great.
There are a number of great theatre venues in Youngstown but during my time in this town we had a great deal more unity amongst theatres and while all provide similar and wonderful services to the community, each serves it in it's own way. For one of us to fall is a loss for us all.
In the end its not about entertainment, location, or even season ticket holders. It was a place for dreams to take seed. A place where someone who came from nothing learned he could become anything.
If the Playhouse is truly gone I feel great sadness for those who did not get to experience the purpose for which it truly served.
January 10, 2009 at 1:34 a.m.