Don’t forget that the last public input forum for the McKinney Performing Arts Center (MPAC) is tomorrow in the MPAC at 5:30PM. For more details, see the Courier Gazette article: http://www.planostar.com/articles/2010/03/17/mckinney_courier-gazette/news/6662.txt
From articles I’ve seen in the paper and on the web, it sounds like people have really been trying their best to provide good ideas or making their desires known. I went to the Town Hall Meeting last week on the subject. Everyone was amiable and there were a lot of suggestions. I have this nagging concern though about the three scenarios. I wish that there was a fourth. I summarized the scenarios in a post last week so I won’t go into that again. What I would like to see is a fourth scenario that blends scenarios 1 and 2. I don’t see the attempt to draw in a regional audience as being a good idea. There are just too many venues to compete with. Look at the new Allen Center down in Fairview Villages. How do you compete with that? Reba. (It’s fortunate that she has such a recognizable first name. I can’t remember how to spell her last name and am too lazy to do a google). Charlie Daniels. I mean, come on. We are comparing apples and meatloaf.
A local approach, something for the residents of McKinney, just makes more sense to me. But I am not clear that scenario number 2 will support continued MPAC performances. I am disregarding scenario 3. I think it is actually what scenario 2 would turn into but it is awfully vague from where I’m sitting.
Maybe we are being unrealistic as a community to say we want big performers. After all, there’s Allen. That’s 9 miles away. Maybe it would make more sense for us to do, as a community, something that comes naturally to McKinney … something unique. Something entirely unique that is still available as weekend evening entertainment. I understand that that “something unique” is pretty ambiguous. But I think, if we scale back on wanting the big name performers and look at what people would actually be interested in going to, maybe we’ll see a clearer picture.
Time and time again, I’ve seen “Greater Tuna” suggested. I think that’s getting a lot closer. It’s small. (It was a 2 man quick-change cast). It’s funny. It’s entertaining. It has also been done for at least 10 years now. So long that the original two men have retired and understudies now continue it on. But I think that’s the right track. Look at Pocket Sandwich Theatre down in Mockingbird Station. Now that was small, funny, and entertaining. And completely unique. They write many of their own scripts. Now I feel like we are really, really getting warm. Something local. Something unique. Something we’d actually like to see. Maybe not so high-brow. We can still do the intellectual stuff. (What if we accidentally spawned a new Spalding Gray? Vagina Monologues?) But even the intellectuals read a pot-boiler now and then… so I’m told.
I’m just saying “go”. Look at the scenarios and go tomorrow night with your two cents. If you can’t make it, write in your thoughts, concerns, criticisms and witticisms. The scenarios and the link to submit your input are available here:
I hope to see you there.