Disappointed that community theater was not mentioned in article

December 31, 2004

Dear Editor:

This letter is in response to John Nelson's very nice article entitled "Rich Rewards" in Sunday's A&E section of the newspaper.

Indeed, we are blessed in Danville-Boyle County with many arts organizations and opportunities - more so than most communities our size. However, it was a disappointment that one of the "anchor organizations" did not even get a nod of mention in the broadly encompassing article. West T. Hill Community Theatre is celebrating its 25th Silver Anniversary Season this year, and we are a bit miffed as to why we were not included along with the other prominent and worthy entities. Although we are not nearly as old as Pioneer Playhouse, we are a different venue, viable and worthy of mention in our own right.

As managing director of the community theater, I strive each day to get our theater into the traffic of informational avenues. We are appreciative of the coverage the Advocate-Messenger extends, but are dismayed as to why we weren't even given a brief mention in this particular article. We recognize there are space constraints, but as I read this article, I was just sure that an oversight had taken place as I scanned the article again and again.


If you will indulge me, I will tell you about us for your future reference: The theater offers seven to eight productions each year, including dramas, comedies, musicals, readers theater and children's workshops. We are collaborative with other organizations such as Arts for Kids, ETC (another viable arts organization that was omitted from your article), our annual "Mystery Dinner Theatre" with the Danville-BC Community Education program, school programs with both Danville and Boyle County Schools, to name a few. In addition, we are active members of the Chamber of Commerce, the Danville-Boyle County Arts Commission and the Kentucky Arts Council and have been active proponents of the Community Arts Center. All of this should have merited us at the very least a name mention.

This season alone, we have served thousands of patrons in our community and beyond. Our season opener, "Dancing At Lughnasa," was an incredible drama with formidable performances. Our summer production of "The Taffetas" sold out and was a grand success, boasting rave local reviews. Our recent Christmas show, Meredith Willson's "Here's Love," was sold out before it opened and performances were added to accommodate the vast community support.

We would be remiss in our response not to mention even yet again another viable organization that was left out of the article - our neighboring sister/brother community theater that also offers excellent artistic opportunities of all kinds - the Ragged Edge Community Theatre.

Yes, indeed, we are richly rewarded with our local and nearby arts opportunities in Danville and the surrounding area. Located in "The Heart of Danville" (off Broadway!) West T. Hill Community Theatre prides itself in our mission to "entertain, educate and enliven the participants on both sides of the curtain" .

Thank you for this opportunity and thank you for your attention.

Karen L. Logue

Managing director

West T. Hill Community Theatre

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