Arts centre too pricey for performers

Arts centre too pricey for performers Have you wondered why a fabulous show like Chicago isn't performed on the Yukon Arts Centre stage? Had that show hit the stage at the arts centre, I would have been able to get tickets for my wife and me. Now I have

Have you wondered why a fabulous show like Chicago isn’t performed on the Yukon Arts Centre stage? Had that show hit the stage at the arts centre, I would have been able to get tickets for my wife and me. Now I have to do without.

I know why such a show must be performed at the Guild Hall. The cost of renting the arts centre for even a few weeks of rehearsals and performances makes that option impossible. No local theatre group can use the arts centre and hope to make money or break even. Golden Horn Music Theatre tried valiantly for many years but finally went bankrupt.

The Whitehorse Community Choir is still trying to use the arts centre for their concerts. We have been informed that we are in the red financially.

Two years ago our spring concert cost us just over $4,000 for five evenings at the arts centre, three evenings for rehearsal and two evening performances.

Who knows what it will cost us this year? Soon we will either fold or our concerts will be performed in church auditoriums or school gymnasiums.

The Whitehorse Community Choir has an absolutely spectacular spring concert ready for all of you on Friday, May 3 and Saturday, May 4.

This On Broadway concert features music from Les Miserables, Chicago, The Sound of Music, Spider Man, Rocky Horror Picture Show, Grease, West Side Story, and many more including the music of superstar Andrew Lloyd Webber’s many shows.

And wait till you hear the accompanying musicians. You won’t want to miss this show!

And, if enough of you attend our two concerts, we may be able to pay most of our arts centre costs. We are already planning to pick up garbage on the roadsides to make up some of the deficit. And don’t be surprised if this is the last concert at our arts centre put on by the Whitehorse Community Choir.

Al Loewen

Whitehorse