Loss of Grand Theater is a blow to community of Winter Park
March 19, 2009
To the Editor:
“Right smack dab in the middle of town I found a paradise that’s trouble free…”
Those are the James Taylor lyrics that struck me while listening to the Company sing the finale of ‘The Best of the Best’ show at The Grand Theater, in Winter Park this past recently.
The idea of this cultural island closing is a true loss for our community. As a community we generally rally behind events and amenities that make us more of a “destination resort.” It is a disappointing realization that such a feather in our cap is being lost. The Grand Theater has added diverse nightlife, top-notch talent, and wonderful entertainment to our neighborhood.
It is a nonprofit organization run by lifetime locals who give back to our community in many ways: directing the high school plays, offering teen workshops, providing fundraising shows for The Grand County Learning and Education Center, offering Library Reading Programs, making available professional learning opportunities for local youth who are interested in theater, and they enrich our community by their vast talents. My high school-age daughter has benefited significantly from the experience of being involved with the Company, as a student, a volunteer, a cast member and as a prospective theater major.
To become a well-rounded, year-round destination resort we must learn as a community that we need to support not only sports-oriented activities, but also cultural ones. The Grand Theater is a perfect example.
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The Grand Theater has support from sponsors like The Lions Club, the Alpine Art Affair, Fraser Ace Hardware, Gambles and some dedicated theater goers, but where are the realtors, developers, and second-home owners when it comes to helping to pay for an amenity that truly enriches the diversity of our resort town? Hey, if nothing else, guys, it’s tax deductible!
If you have not been to The Grand yet, take this opportunity to see a great show, have a cocktail, some dessert, get to know the talented local actors, sit back and be mesmerized by the superior talent our community has to offer. Enjoy the show ” I always do.