Support the arts

Published 12:00 am Monday, April 14, 2003

It takes about three hours to see a play, counting intermission, curtain calls and the like. Three hours of entertainment, a one-night diversion, a passing fancy.

It takes more than 2,000 hours with more than a dozen people working full tilt to put on that play - and when it is a community theater group, the only compensation the receive is applause.

Applaud loudly.

The ACT I production of "Father of the Bride" is more than a light-hearted comedy about dads and daughters. It represents hours and hours of labor, dedication and talent. It opened last night and has two more shows remaining, one at 7:30 p.m. tonight and one at 2:30 p.m. tomorrow. If you have not made plans to see this play, we strongly recommend you do.

The obvious talent is on-stage, but there are other talented folks involved as well working behind the scenes, from decorating the sets to organizing the rehearsals. We have to make special mention of Linda James, relying heavily and humorously on her own daughter's recent marriage as she directed the play; and Paula Harr, wizard of organization for ACT I and the Covington Arts Council, who is sponsoring the production.

Andalusia has the potential to become a great arts community with the presence of the Andalusia Ballet, the Covington Arts Council and VALA. All it takes to be a great arts community is great community support for the arts. You don't have to be an artist, an actor or a dancer to make this happen - just offer your presence and participate.

Tonight you can do that in the audience of "Father of the Bride." If you have not made plans to see this play, we strongly recommend you do. There are not many towns the size of Andalusia that can boast the talents that we have, in both the visual and performing arts. Jaunts to Montgomery or Mobile to catch a glimpse of talent are not necessary - all it takes is a five minute drive to the Dixon Center at LBW-Andalusia.