Please note: what lies below is a draft version of the 2010/2011 Burnsville Performing Arts Center Calendar. Decisions about future life events should not be created because of this information but instead should only be used for discussion.
Basic information: the inline Google Calendar widget below is fully functional and was populated by hand, by me. You can scroll through the months and click on events to see their full names. They are colored by event type (Envision Theatre, Chameleon Theatre Circle, Dance Competitions, Burnsville Civic Light Opera, and General Events) and you can use the little down arrow on the top right to turn on/off these filters as you see fit.
1. From what I understand VenuWorks plans to mail out copies of the 2010-2011 Burnsville Performing Arts Center Season Guide to houses via USPS mail in a 6.5″ x 9″ ad-filled booklet. This booklet is larger than what was available last year and does not recognize the donors to the facility or FOBPAC.
2. It would appear that the majority of events on the schedule do not include ticket prices but some that do include Lorie Line’s 3:00 PM Christmas show for an astronomical $47.00, The Magic of Rob Lake ($24.50, $31.50, and $39.50), The Who’s Tommy by Chameleon Theatre Circle’s for $15 (adults), $13 (students, adults, seniors, groups of 8+) and Burnsville’s Civic Light Opera for $25 (adults), $15 (students, all balcony seats).
3. The event list has a heavy local focus with Envision Academy and Chameleon Theatre Circle taking up the majority of events and days. Those events which are not local are mainly repeated performances from last year (Lorie Line, Ralphie May, Church Basement Ladies, etc). Too bad the old adage, “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it,” obviously does not apply to the BPAC.
4. The event listings are wrong for the Concert for Caring and Dakota Valley Symphony Young Artists Concert as they list “Friday April 30th, 2011 and Saturday May 1st, 2011″ when in fact they are on Saturday April 30th and Sunday May 1st. The page number for the April 30th event is also wrong but for the taxpayers’ sake hopefully they fix the problem before printing any large number of guides.
5. Overall I am totally unimpressed with the changing of the VenuWorks guard at the BPAC. We’re seeing very much more of the same and if they are confident enough in the schedule as it currently exists to put out a preview like this one you have to wonder how many additional events they plan to go after into the beginning of 2011. Too bad the new BPAC directly isn’t likely to even live up to part of his mantra of more interest in creativity and customers than money…
After looking through the calendar of events and my notes about what appears to be a preview of the 2010/2011 Season Guide, what do you think about the BPAC’s future outlook? Did the changing of VenuWorks staff make any difference at all in what’s going to happen at the BPAC? Do you believe mailing this booklet out to residents and possibly the surrounding area will help bring more people into events which will be low revenue or even no revenue? How about the “bigger acts” simply being repeated from last year? Is that the ticket to the BPAC’s success? Whatever you have to say about the Unofficial 2010/2011 BPAC schedule go ahead and comment on as I’d love to hear your thoughts.