According to the absolutely beautifully designed and simply gorgeous Burnsville Performing Arts Center Announcements page (PDF), the recently approved $50,000 taxpayer “loan” is bringing in five shows to the center, three of which are new and two which are repeats of shows which were previously shown at the BPAC without the need of those additional taxpayer dollars.
Here’s what $60,000 from the taxpayers ($50,000 approved by the EDA + the $10,000 VenuWorks is paying which was indirectly funded by the taxpayer) and $20,000 in donations from Rixmann Company and Pepsi gets the residents of Burnsville:
- 1. Duluth Festival Opera’s Pocahontas.
October 1st, 2011 at 7:30pm
2. Troupe America’s – Away in the Basement: A Church Basement Ladies Christmas
November 5th, 2011 at 2:00pm
3. Rhythmic Circus – Feet Don’t Fail Me Now!
November 12th, 2011 at 7:30pm
4. Spencers: Theatre of Illusion
March 8th, 2012 at 7:30pm
5. Celtic Crossroads
March 29th, 2012 at 7:30pm
While it is definitely nice to see some acts on the schedule, two of them are repeats from years prior (the Church Basement Ladies is heading for a three-peat) and the two acts which are most renowned are not playing on a weekend (Thursday for each). With great shows offering headliners people actually know at the other local venues, including Elko Speedway showing off .38 Special, Styx and Bret Michaels, some may consider the BPAC’s $80,000 lineup to be disappointing at best.
Do you think that the taxpayers of Burnsville got a good deal out of the $60,000 they fronted for the BPAC’s Angel Fund? Are you concerned that you may not see much money come back from the “loan” provided with the options available? Would you have preferred a shorter list with more power? Will five shows, two of which have been shown at the BPAC before save the facility from its on-going financial issues? Whatever you have to say about the shows touted as being sponsored directly by your tax dollars go ahead and comment on as I’d love to hear your thoughts.