Tonight you could be part of a delightful evening of theatre that will
likely not occur again in Valdosta for some time. If you are a theater
fan, do not miss the second and last performance tonight of a musical
written by a VSU faculty member and performed by VSU students and a
guest artist. In the tradition of play reading, The Pier is performed
on a bare stage with six chairs, mikes and a keyboard accompaniment.
Mostly music, the production is fresh and the students enthusiastic in
their parts in this musical. We saw it last night and thoroughly
enjoyed being at the beginning of an amazing creative process.
Be among the first to hear an exciting new musical!
…attend a reading of this new musical theatre work featuring
students in the Musical Theatre Emphasis
Saturday, February 11, 7:30 PM
Saturday, February 11 at 7:30 PM
Sawyer Theatre, VSU Fine Arts Building, First Floor
Free admission, general seating.
Long distance transportation: Interstate 75 near I-10, numerous state highways,
and an airport.
Delta Airlines (I never thought I’d be writing this) for competitive airfares
(except during holidays). And landing on one of the longest runways in the state.
Railroads going in every direction carrying freight, which can also carry
passengers whenever state and local people and governments get organized to do it.
Businesses moving in to take advantage of the transportation;
working towards enough good jobs that young people don’t have to move away to find one.
County and city governments that are at least a little bit sceptical about exactly which businesses they encourage to move in.
Moody Air Force Base, by far the biggest employer, bringing diversity to the community both in serving personnel and in later retirees.
Two hospitals: South Georgia Medical Center and Smith Northview Hospital.
There’s even a
Valdosta Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA)
including the counties of Lowndes, Brooks, Lanier, and Echols, with
a combined population of about 130,000.
This is enough people to try things without waiting for Atlanta or Washington to tell us what to do.
Valdosta State University, one of two large regional campuses of the
University of Georgia System, and one so active politically that it
got its own voting precinct this year, the only college precinct in
Georgia Military College, a liberal arts junior college.
Valdosta Technical College, or whatever it’s being called since
the state reorganized it.
Thriving downtowns in
Valdosta and Hahira.
First Friday, Winterfest, Honeybee Festival:
those are doing more to attract attractive businesses than
any number of road projects.
Grand Bay Wildlife Management Area, preserving a little bit of the original ecosystem
of the area; you know, pine trees, live oaks, wiregrass, pitcher plants, cypress swamps, alligators, great blue herons, and bobcats.
Maybe you don’t. Go and see!
Winning sports teams in Lowndes County and Valdosta high schools and VSU
caused ESPN to name Valdosta
Maybe that winning attitude can carry over to
Theatre at the
Dosta, VSU, and the high schools.
If theatre was a sport, we’d be winning that, too!
La vie est belle,
La vie est gai?
Tell me why
is filled with music,
Tell me why
on clouds above?
We live in an area with many advantages.
You can probably list more of them.
Why stop with what we’ve got?
Why not play up our advantages of transportation, natural environment,
local culture, etc., and attract jobs for young people and make the place
even better for everybody?