As Richland High Schools Chamber Orchestra's Concertmaster I love many art forms. I fully appreciate it when my peers get to perform and share their talents with the community.
But when their work crosses over into my work space, and makes it difficult for my practice, it's bothersome. Don't get me wrong, Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker is one of my favorite pieces.
The Richland HS auditorium is beautiful and often serves the community well. The Nutcracker has about 180 performers and they take over the Richland HS music department! Not just the stage, but classrooms, practice rooms ... everything.
I'm fine with the use of the stage and all, but taking over the classrooms and making my classes move to portables or the cafeteria -- sometimes before our holiday performances -- is more than inconvenient. This year we couldn't properly prepare for our holiday performances as a result.
The time has come for the people of these communities -- nearly a quarter million of us -- to step it up and build a proper performing arts center. This would alleviate stress put onto the the local school and our working performers.
It would also create an acoustically appropriate place to host Broadway shows, and musicians.
WYATT WIREMAN, Richland