There are many reasons to support local art and entertainment in our community. We are social creatures, and we like to go out, meet with friends, and explore new experiences.
Even a dead fish can swim down a river, but it takes a strong live fish to go against the current! Oh, how the “world” tries to influence the opera house! I have occasionally listened to those “worldly” voices that “know better” and it always seems to turn out poorly. Take for instance, I was told a comedian would fill the house; if you have a comedian, I’ll invite my friends; I’ll be the first one to buy tickets and promote a comedian on social media and so on. Truth be told – we sold 4 tickets. Another time I was told we should get a ventriloquist, so I searched and found the #1 cruise line ventriloquist in the world. He drove from Arkansas to perform…. for 12 people – the event was a pay what you can. I could give you more examples of listening to the so-called experts. There is something to be said for knowledge, wisdom, and experience in operating a venue. Our board decided many years ago that we are and will be a concert venue, not a bar with background music.
Executive Director since 2012; Bachelors in Music Education; Master's in Education; 2023 Iowan of the Day by Blue Ribbon Foundation; 2023 Iowa Governor's Volunteer of the Year; enjoys smiles and people!