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Making things worse

Dear Editor:

In response to Paige Price of Theatre Aspen speculating on the low local turn-out at auditions (“A tough act,” Jan. 23):

I think that I speak for more than one member of the performance community when I say if last year more locals had been cast in leads, perhaps you’d see more willingness on the part of these folks to audition. It strikes me as more than a bit misleading to say it is merely an unwillingness on the part of performers to ask for a Friday off. The lack of local presence in, say, “Little Shop of Horrors,” and “Crimes of the Heart” ” which were cast outside of the community, and involved having to pay for actor housing, as opposed to casting local professionals and foregoing paying rent ” spoke LOUDLY to the very people you are speaking of.

It’s hard to pay the rent/mortgage if you’re only going to be hired for one children’s show a season ” you would have people do that? It’s not a matter of keeping careers going when you don’t cast them in the main shows.

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Your opinion, at its heart, was uneducated. What that says to me is that you do not have your finger anywhere near the pulse of the theater community here in Aspen. Perhaps splitting your time has done you this disservice. The performers in this valley are professionals and break every stereotype in the book when it comes to community theater. But last years casting was short sighted ” that is what you’re feeling the affects of, not the economy.

In regards to the dig at former Crystal Palace performers not being able to keep there careers going ” you owe them an apology, because that was rude. If I have to explain to you why, perhaps it’s time to hire a PR person and no longer speak for the theater ” you’re only making things worse.

Jennifer Michaud


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