Helene, on 26 September 2012 - 04:43 PM, said:
... If the new admin can bring in the money to finance it, it's too bad it couldn't have happened when Villella was there.
... MCB performs almost all of its programs in three cities: Miami, West Palm Beach, and Ft. Lauderdale. The focus has been on Miami, since the studios, school, and admin are located there. (I'm not sure when there was live music if it was exclusive to Miami.) Although not everyone in WPB is wealthy, there are beaucoup bucks to be found, an untapped resource. Of course, to tap into those dollars, donors have to feel that WPB is central to the company, not a stepchild or charity case.
"Too bad"? I think it's a crying shame.
But as to where the focus was, I'm not sure I understand. The four repertory programs have each been given three times in Miami Beach (or more recently, Miami), four times in Fort Lauderdale, and five times in West Palm Beach*; The Nutcracker
has been discontinued in WPB in recent years, though.
(I can't imagine why. A couple of years ago, their publicity for it included the line, "More snow." With zingers like that, you'd think the south Florida audience would trample the ushers piling in. Sorry.)
(Granted, ticket sales are not contributions.)
On the other hand, IIRC, Villella said in exasperation one evening during his pre-performance remarks something to the effect that, Miami Beach has always been generous; as for Miami, we carry their name but they never gave us anything. (The studios are actually in Miami Beach, just a few blocks away from the Jackie Gleason Theater where they danced at the time.)
*Those were the days. It used to be true, but lately there are four performances there of each program.
Edited by Jack Reed, 27 September 2012 - 04:16 AM.