Petition Tag - theatre

1. Space for RUTD

Rowan University is growing at a tremendous rate. With money pouring in from donors, new buildings are getting built to meet the needs of engineering students and other majors alike. The theatre department at Rowan University is attempting to build in size just like the school, but we only have five rooms to rehearse for over twenty projects a semester, including two main stage shows, over a dozen senior projects, two student run lab shows, a choreography showcase, as well as directing and devising classes that rehearse and produce new work to perform once a week, every week of the semester. These mere five rooms (two solely devoted to dance), stand up against a university giving BUILDINGS to other majors. We fought a full year for a water fountain to be placed in the dance studios, and it sits, not even producing an ounce of water. Our facilities are being used non-stop and compared to the buildings across campus that are being cleaned once a day if not more, our rooms are infested with ants and sweat build-up from weeks of classes and rehearsals.

2. We need Lin-Manuel Miranda on a Latin American Tour

We want to meet to the amazing Lin-Manuel Miranda, the genius behind the musicals Hamilton and In The Heights... but how Broadway is far away.

Why not ask for a Latin American tour?

3. Autism Friendly Viewings in Movie Theatres

My son, as many other children both locally and world wide, has Autism. I would like to be able to bring him to see movies in the theatre, but as it is now, it would be far too overwhelming for him.

Movie theatres in other areas do Autism friendly viewings, which involve the movies not being as loud as normal, the lights remaining on, less people, etc.

I don't understand why the theater here does not offer this service seeing as the demand would most likely be great.

We live in Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada and the Cineplex Cinemas in Saint John is our main target, but it'd be nice to see it expand even further.

4. Support Melton Theatre – Sign our Petition!

Melton Theatre; part of Brooksby Melton College, is delighted to be celebrating its 40th birthday this year. As one of the town’s biggest attractions the Theatre has a rich history of providing the local and wider communities with a wide range of shows, events and entertainment all year round, and has welcomed many well-known and well-loved guests over the years.

Brooksby Melton College is committed to ensuring its facilities are entirely fit for purpose for the communities that it serves, and therefore plans to develop Melton Theatre to provide a much more modern and user friendly facility. The new facility will allow them to further build on the exciting programme of shows and events currently on offer and will provide a state-of-the-art training space for all Performing Arts students too.

The development itself would take around 6 months to complete and they will work hard to minimise the impact that this development will have on our communities.

Melton Theatre’s audience grows year on year, and in 2015 they welcomed over 26,000 people, which brings significant benefits to local businesses, with 18% of the audience travelling from outside of Leicestershire. The Theatre also supports 18 community groups to deliver a series of shows throughout the year.

We are starting a petition which will demonstrate the importance of allowing this development to take place, not only to Melton Theatre and future students, but to a large number of community groups, local businesses and Melton Mowbray itself.

We would very much welcome your support, please take a few moments to sign this petition.

You can view the plans via the following link:

Thank you.

5. Get The Arches back to Over 18s

Everybody has no doubt heard that The Arches nightclub has recently been changed from over 18s to over 21s.

This is because recently a young girl who was only 17 died by taking drugs inside. Changing the age restriction age will in no way tackle this matter it will only make promoters change venues and force people get ID from somebody older or buy fake ID's.

The ARCHES is loved by many young people in Glasgow and all over Scotland people go to have a good night with friends and enjoy music from DJs that come from all over the world to play in this great venue. Now this is being jeopardised by one incident.

6. Create Byron Council levy for local Community Centres

Byron Shire Council should introduce a $10 annual levy to rate payers to support the local community centres.

Community Centres are majorly underfunded and need help in running their community and social welfare services, their arts programs and their building maintenance.

Everybody in the community uses their Community Centres. Wealthy or poor. If we have enough signatures, we can take it to council.

7. SAVE EMBROS in Greece: Culture under threat

On the 11 November 2011 Mavili Collective – a group of artists and theatre makers - occupied the disused building of Embros theatre and proposed an intense programme of activities.

The occupancy installed itself as a “re-activation” and proposed initially an intense twelve-day programme of activities bringing together artists, theoreticians, dance/theatre makers, architects and the general public. As Mavili Collective (2011) states in the manifesto that was sent to press and public: ‘This re-activation is not a proposition of a “better” model of production and management but is a proposition of re-thinking, responding and re-making.

This model emerges from the current lacks and shortfalls of our system and attempts to interrogate the global changing landscape at this moment in time.’ During the last year in Embros, in Athens over 500 artists, theoreticians and practitioners presented work; ranging from emerging artists and students to university professors and established practitioners, working across multiple disciplines.

8. Save Bull Alley

Bull Alley Theatre Training Company opened its doors almost 25 years ago with the aspiration of providing exemplary training to budding actors, and all who work in the theatre industry.

This is an aim which has been achieved and exceeded, as evidenced by our impressive list of past students [including Tommy Tiernan and Katherine Lynch], and the performances of our current ones. We are the only college course in Ireland to offer training in both theatre and musical theatre.

Our students graduate with an Equity card, LCTLs, an ACTL and a Guild Hall qualification. We are also one of only 2 courses in Ireland funded by the VEC which allow students to graduate with the equivalent of an undergraduate university degree.

Thanks to cuts, this is now seriously under threat!

9. Keep Watermans in Brentford

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10. Save the Paramount

An Open Letter to Mayor Sharon Gaetz

Late last year we the visited old, boarded-up Paramount Theatre. We felt sad that this Heritage Theatre is no longer a part of our thriving community. In our Social Studies, we learn that without care, many historical landmarks in communities will perish. The loss of the Paramount Theatre sends a message of a dying community, but our Chilliwack is alive!

In a news report of January 26, you said “the last thing we want to do is demolish.” We fully agree with you. Our parents elected you because you really do represent the community and your desires are our desires. After all, I haven’t spoken to one person who wants to see the Paramount be the victim of a wrecking ball.

You suggested that there were only two options, which are to get more proposals or demolish it. We think there are two other options. Firstly, you and City Council have the ability to change the Request for Proposal to make it more attractive. The old Fire Hall was really not attractive, but now it gleams. We believe this can happen to the Paramount with private enterprise and a creative RFP.

Secondly, you can give the community time to form a Society to raise the funds to save the Paramount. The idea of raising the funds to save the Paramount was never given to the community as an option because everyone thought there would be many proposals.

The Paramount building is a physical tie to the past. Since it has been in the news, our parents have told us many stories about their movies nights at the Paramount. We also are old enough to have seen a few movies there. The theatre experience at the Paramount was equal to the movie itself (even better if it was a bad movie)!

Bailey-Jayne Chapman, Grade 5
Mathew Zandberg, Grade 5
Takara Charlton, Grade 5

11. Say no to homophobia - stage Lee Hall's 'Beached'

Opera North has defended its decision to cancel the premiere of a new community production following a disagreement between a school involved and librettist and Billy Elliot writer Lee Hall.

Hall, writing in The Guardian, said that the production, Beached, was called off because he reached an “impasse” with one of the schools over references to the main character’s homosexuality in the libretto, which was written by Hall.

He wrote: “Word came back from Opera North that, unless I removed the lines ‘I’m queer’ and ‘I prefer a lad to a lass’, the whole project was in jeopardy. (It was by now far too late to replace 300 schoolchildren.)

“The request seemed to come from an entirely different era. I thought there must be some mistake, and that Opera North would support me by finding a way around this completely outdated hysteria. I was amazed when they accepted the school’s position. I was repeatedly asked to excise these references to the adult character being gay.”

In a statement, Opera North responded by saying that the school is the focus of a two-year project in Bridlington and as a result of this, and the fact there is only a fortnight until the performance, the company decided to cancel Beached and replace it with “a celebratory performance of the last two years”.

12. Crisis in Arts and Culture Funding

On 13th March 2011 a letter signed by 46 Equity members appeared in the Observer newspaper:

The letter speaks out about local and Government cuts to the arts and culture.

Read the letter here:

13. Save St Peter's Theatre, Portsmouth Follow twitter @stpstheatre

The future of St. Peter's Theatre, Southsea, is uncertain. So, we just want to say...

We believe that St. Peter’s Theatre, Southsea, is a centre of cultural and community importance, with a unique history and a wealth of potential to offer the local and wider community, both city residents and visitors.

We want St. Peter's Theatre to stay!

14. Save the Ventnor Winter Gardens

Ventnor Winter Gardens is under threat of imminent closure. The Winter Gardens, with its stunning coastal views and scenic location, has been a valuable and iconic Ventnor landmark for over 70 years.

As well as being an established entertainments venue and attraction for visitors and Islanders alike, the Winter Gardens provides a venue for numerous local groups whose activities are now also under threat.

If action is not taken now, this valuable asset to Ventnor and the Isle of Wight could be lost forever.

15. Support Oban Phoenix Cinema!

The town of Oban, in Argyll, Scotland, suffered a blow when the town's only cinema closed down. We, residents of Oban are seeking to raise funds to buy, refurbish and reopen the cinema as "Oban Phoenix Cinema".

This will be run as a community venture - for the community, by the community! Please show your support by signing our petition.

16. Stop Discrimination Against Wheelhair Users In Theatres

The Nottinghamshire Disability Support Team recently took a coach load of disabled young people (two of whom were dependant on wheelchairs) to the theatre on a trip so that they could have the chance to go out and have fun just like other people their age.

Due to an unforeseeable amount of traffic they arrived at the theatre after the show had begun and they were told that the people who could walk could go in but the wheelchair users would not be allowed in until the interval, as was 'theatre policy', meaning that all of the money that they spent was wasted.

17. Save Jobs at the University of Reading

The University plans to appoint a reader/professor in theatre and sack one lecturer specialising in film and one lecturer specialising in television. This is part of the University’s plans to both save money and to reshape the University ‘strategically’. The two lecturers who will be dismissed are most likely to be junior members of staff (the department has a high proportion of young lecturers) and the new reader/professor will certainly be on a much higher pay scale. Therefore, the cost saving objective behind this plan is not apparent. Neither does the ‘reshaping strategy’ (e.g. scaling back film and television while investing in theatre) have any clear reasoning behind it. Repeatedly, the University has claimed that the decision to favour theatre in the current plans is based upon perceptions of relative research strength. For example, early in the process of planning where to make cuts, the University management suggested that film performed less well in the last RAE (Research Assessment Exercise). It was pointed out that this was pure speculation (the RAE results are completely anonymous and do not identify individual lecturers let alone separate theatre from film or television) and they eventually retracted this claim (or, rather, stopped saying it). However, they continue to point to the perceived greatest value for the department of theatre as a research discipline as the basis for their decisions. Whenever they are questioned on the academic basis for their strategy, the University management is unable to point to any factual data, any objective or empirical evidence. We, the undersigned, point out that the University seems to be basing their continued strategy, which will destroy two careers, on gossip and innuendo.

Moreover, by singling out film and television specialists, the University is effectively undermining the interdisciplinarity of the department, which is one of its renowned features. For example, the BA in Film and Theatre is a single-honours degree. The disciplines are substantially integrated through the department’s teaching, both at undergraduate and postgraduate level, as well as through the department’s research. Moreover, the recently advertised post of reader/professor in theatre would be the replacement of a retired member of staff whose job title was ‘professor in film and drama’.

We note that the department has been unable to appoint at reader level or above in theatre on two separate occasions (the post was last advertised in August 2010 and the University was unable to draw up a shortlist of a sufficient calibre). In effect, this means that the University will fire two (almost certainly junior) academics in order to have the ‘research leadership’ of a person who they cannot find. This is not only morally indefensible but is also severely misguided. The department is a very young one (in terms of the age of its lecturers), the University having repeatedly invested in the long-term potential of junior staff. Neither the University nor the department has ever suggested junior staff are not fulfilling this potential, so they should have the patience to realise the long-term vision their previous appointments demonstrated and reward the excellence in teaching and research displayed by this vibrant department. The University has also invested in an £11 million building for the department (opening Easter this year), which will contain state of the art facilities for theatre, film and television, and we, the undersigned, suggest the University should better value the staff who will work in its new buildings.

In the current climate, many will feel that financial savings must be made at Reading and at other universities. However, here as elsewhere, savings can be made by voluntary redundancy and the non-replacement of staff. We do not accept the University pursuing a misguided and short-termist agenda that will destroy careers, staff morale, will weaken the diversity of research and teaching in the department and is part of a ‘strategy’ that is ill-conceived and lacks an objective grounding in fact.

Please read on...

To those signing the petition, we ask if you would please email as many of the senior members of the University of Reading management that you can in order to protest against its mistreatment of staff and to demand that it withdraw from its plans for a new appointment in theatre so that it can save existing posts.

The email addresses are below and we have also included a suggested template for the email at the bottom. Please use/don’t use as you see fit. We would be so grateful if you can show your support for the staff in Reading FTT in any way you can and protest against the sacking of two lecturers in order to get in a new, more senior member of staff. This is all part of a severely misguided (not to mention callous) management agenda.

Thank you so much for your support!

Gordon Marshall (Vice Chancellor):

Christopher Fisher (President of University Council):

Tony Downes (Deputy Vice Chancellor):

Rob Robson (Pro-Vice Chancellor for Teaching and Learning):

Sue Walker (Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Humanities):

Jonathan Bignell (Head of School of Arts, English and Communication Design and member of FTT department):

Dear *,

I call on the University of Reading to withdraw its plans to make two lecturers redundant in its Film, Theatre and Television department (FTT) while appointing a new reader/professor in the same department. The University says that its ‘intention remains of course to avoid the need for compulsory redundancy where this is possible’ yet these redundancies are clearly avoidable here – a reader/professor clearly costs a lot more than the lecturers the University plans to dismiss. These redundancies will not only potentially destroy two careers, they will undermine the interdisciplinarity the FTT department is known for and the diversity and vibrancy of its teaching and research.

In the current climate, the University management clearly feels that financial savings must be made. However, here as elsewhere, the savings can be made by voluntary redundancy and the non-replacement of staff. I contend that this would be a much less divisive and much less destructive way of coping with the current funding crisis and would therefore prove to be a much more effective management policy in the longer term.

Thanks for your time in reading this.

Yours *

18. Chester needs an Arts Centre!

Chester city needs an arts centre. For too long we have gone without a theatre and a city centre cinema. This is a great city to live in and visit, and we have much to be thankful for. But we must put aside the disagreements of the past and look to the future and provide what the city, its residents and visitors really need.

An arts centre at the Odean or Brannigans locations would be ideal as they are existing city buildings to utilise and both include cinema space and are large enough to accommodate the conversion for theatre space, inc small performing arts areas for local community groups, live music venue and a gallery for local artists so that chester can truly show off all its local talent and shine.

***Petitions can be signed or organised by anyone who lives, works or studies in West Cheshire, including under 18-year-olds.
Petitions containing more than 750 names now automatically mean the subject will be reviewed at an Overview and Scrutiny Committee. Those with over 1,500 names result in a full debate at Council***

***And join this group! they seem to have a funding option! and 3972 members!

19. Let's get more British Chinese/East Asians on TV, film, theatre & radio

The first recorded Chinese in the UK, Shen Fu Tsong, was a celebrated guest at the court of James II in 1685. The British Chinese/East Asian (BC/EA) community grew during the 20th century & at 1.6% is now the UK's 3rd largest ethnic minority.

Art is a mirror to life & everyone needs cultural affirmation. BC/EA people are not reflected adequately in mainstream TV, film, theatre or radio, so remain "culturally invisible". This impacts negatively on the British public, who end up with stereotyped misunderstandings of this particular cultural group, eg. criminal, always speak with foreign accents or are illegal immigrants selling dodgy dvd's.

BC/EA children & young people top academic polls, largely due to the importance of education in Confucian culture. However, they need positive BC/EA role models to value both sides of their cultural heritage. Without BC/EA role models, they can sometimes internalise racism & reject the positive aspects of their parents' culture. What a waste of human potential.

Many young adult BC/EA's seek better equal opportunities in East Asia. What a brain drain for the UK, especially with the current rise of China, Korea etc and East Asian identity. We need to value these bicultural young people as a national asset, key international bridge-builders for the future. The UK needs to develop closer economic/political/cultural ties with rising China & other East Asian countries.

Why are the Welsh proud of learning 2 languages and have their own language TV/radio stations? Because that promotes their bicultural heritage. Why do sports stars Martina Navratilova, Tom Daley or actor Ian McKellen coming out gay have a positive effect for LGBT young people? Because cultural affirmation helps people feel they belong to society.

It's unacceptable that the vital, hard-working BC/EA community contributes taxes & 1.6% towards the total BBC licence fee, subsidising everyone else's cultural needs, while commissioners, producers, directors, writers, casting directors etc, ignore BC/EA history & their long presence in the UK.

We respectfully request that the BBC - the UK's publicly-funded and most accountable broadcaster - takes steps to introduce a three-dimensional British Chinese family into their highest-rated soap opera, EASTENDERS on BBC1 (they’ve successfully done this with the South Asian family, the Masoods). With input from BC/EA dramaturgical consultants/writers, this would immediately normalise and transform BC/EA lives in the UK, ending decades of discrimination.

Another long-running radio drama series - in which the introduction of a regular British Chinese family would have significant cultural impact - would be The Archers on BBC Radio 4.

Characters and families who are White, South Asian, Black, LGBT and disabled are successfully represented on Eastenders - but there is no British Chinese family/EA presence, despite these communities long history in the UK. Why? Could this be “unconscious bias / institutional racism”? (the latter phrase coined by the Macpherson Report and acknowledged by the Arts Council’s Eclipse report as endemic in the arts). Does the BC/EA communities suffer "indirect discrimination" as defined by the Race Relations Act? These barriers to social inequality need to be urgently addressed. We wish the BBC to be an example of "best practice' for diversity for all media companies around the world, especially in the UK.

The largest concentration of British Chinese is in London. The first Chinatown was in Limehouse in the East End of London. There is a wealth of BC/EA talent, as demonstrated in the CBBC series Spirit Warriors and Teacup Travels, in the BBC mini-drama One Child, and in the work of, Papergang, Moongate, 1,000 Cranes and other emerging theatre companies.

High profile productions such as Wild Swans (Young Vic), The Orphan of Zhao (RSC), The Arrest of Ai Weiwei (Hampstead), Chimerica (Almeida/West End), The World of Extreme Happiness, Yellowface (RNT) shows that there's a mainstream British audience for Chinese/East Asian content, storyline and actors. Chinese/EA actresses have appeared as regulars on The Bill, Coronation St, Holby, Casualty, Bad Education & Torchwood. Only once did C4 introduce a British Chinese family on Brookside, and only once did the BBC feature a British Chinese male lead in The Chinese Detective.

Now it's time for a British Chinese family to appear on the BBC’s flagship TV drama, EASTENDERS, as well as on Radio 4's THE ARCHERS. (Chinese is the largest diaspora amongst the East Asian communities, although other E.A. characters should also be introduced)

After 8 years of Obama signifying progressive diversity in the USA, it's time for the UK to accelerate its professed commitment to internationalism and diversity. It's time for positive change.

(See also #ActforChange)

20. Support an Arts facility for Ryde

Ryde council is well behind other Sydney councils in its support for the arts. Its very first Arts development framework (2007-12) is coming to the end of its tenure with little or no progress in its mission.

The City of Ryde Arts Development Framework 2007-2012 states that Ryde council will develop arts resources and infrastructure, will develop arts initiatives, create exhibition spaces and build social connectivity through the arts as well as building arts audiences. It states that Ryde council will develop arts projects, attract arts service providers, develop an artists’ network, webpage and database. It states that Ryde council will develop an exhibition and performance program, increase visibility of local arts and creative product, attract key institutions to assist in developing creative industries, create partnership opportunities with private industries to deliver arts facilities, and develop partnerships with state and federal government funding bodies for arts projects.

These are just a few of the many key points published in the Ryde Arts Development Framework on the council’s website.

It is acknowledged that some mission statements are being honoured, such as the engagement of public artists to create works along the new developments at Parramatta River, Meadowbank. This is to be applauded, as public artworks greatly enhance the area’s identity.

Yet, whilst Eastwood’s Brush Farm House was developed as an arts facility, it will no longer hold exhibitions (from early 2011), and is being handed over to the private sector.

This appalling track record is unacceptable for a large and wealthy council such as Ryde, who itself has stated “a key sign of a vibrant City is the health of its arts scene…arts products and services contribute to the growth of the economy.”

Ryde has maintained little or no support for the arts for way too long. We want Ryde City Council to honour its promises, to stop wasting the community’s valuable time by asking them to contribute to policies and promises council has no intention of honouring, and to start delivering on its Arts Development Framework.

21. Petition to grant a visa to ODA AUNAN

Oda Aunan is a valuable member of the Perth arts community. She is a proactive theatre maker who has contributed unique ideas, narrative, characters and craft to several successful original theatre productions produced by local theatre companies, both professional and independent.

She brings distinct skill and perspective, which enhance and broaden the work that she contributes to.

Oda Aunan went to university in Perth, she has lived here for seven years, she buys Australian products, she engages on a daily basis with Australian culture, often giving her creative energies to projects for little or no money. Oda Aunan contributes and belongs to the Perth arts community as much as any other Australian artist while at the same time bringing her cultural influence into the work. Oda currently has employment for three months with a professional theatre company, apart from this she also has several job opportunities coming up that she has created for herself.

There are amazing acting and theatre training courses and facilities here is Perth, WA. One of the current aims of the industry is to get to a point where all of the fantastic talent and skill of the graduates want to stay and work in Perth rather than moving to the eastern states or indeed overseas. Here we have a WA trained theatre practitioner who WANTS to stay and build the Perth theatre scene, yet we are making it extraordinarily difficult for her to live and work in Australia.

22. Save the National Theatre in Mostar (Bosnia and Herzegovina)

As some of you may have already heard, on the 6th October 2009 the National Theatre in Mostar (Bosnia and Herzegovina) has closed its doors to the public due to lack of funds. The Theatre was forced into a corner due to irresponsible behaviour of the town’s and regional government who has refused since 2007 to support this 60 year old beacon of culture in Herzegovina.

The town’s governors have arbitrarily turned the ownership rights of the Theatre to the regional government (Hercegovačko-neretvanski kanton) who has not to this day accepted its ownership and thereby responsibility of financing its activities. In other words, like an orphan, this oldest and biggest cultural institution in the region has been abandoned by its parents.

This is a shameful act of neglect and an attempt to rob Mostar of its cultural heritage and one of the most important cultural institutions in a history of this town People from Mostar and thier friends are shocked, outraged and deeply saddened at the prospect of the National Theatre in Mostar closing its doors forever after 60 fruitful years. We are starting this petition to offer our support to the collective of National Theatre, its artists and workers, who are very grateful for the support of this cause and have already expressed great appreciation. Next week (starting on 12th October) the collective of National Theatre will start negotiations with the town and regional government. The least we can do to help them in their efforts to save the National Theatre in Mostar is sign this petition.

Lovers of theatre, art and culture, friends of National Theatre and town of Mostar please sign the following petition ASAP and help save the National Theatre in Mostar. Thank you for your support.

You can find out more in the following articles (sadly they are not in English):

23. No Sales Tax on Concert and Theatre Tickets

On September 22nd the associated press published an article outlining the proposed final budget plan for the state of Pennsylvania. This proposed budget among other things calls for the addition of a 6% sales tax to concert and theater tickets.

From The PA Budget Website

"$100 million from lifting the sales tax exemption on admissions costs for theater, dance, concerts and performing arts, as well as museums, historical sites, zoos and parks."

There is a specific singling out of the performance arts in this proposal. Sporting events and other forms of entertainment are not slated to receive any additional taxation in the budget proposal.

This proposal has been confirmed with the Governor's office of public liaison. As of Sept 23rd 2009 the proposal is slated to be on the Governor's desk in to weeks time in bill form for signing.

In an already crippled live performance industry and an era of limited household incomes it is important to act quickly to keep entertainment outlets affordable.

24. Save The Burr Theatre

The City of New Westminster intends to sell the Burr Theatre.

For many years we have enjoyed excellent theatre at the Burr. Local business enjoyed increased business that came as a result of the theatre.

Based on the above experience, we believe that the needs of the people of New Westminster would be better served if the Burr Theatre is retained as a City-owned multi-disciplinary arts facility.

25. Foxlowe to be the site for Leek's community centre, heritage centre, cinema & theatre

Leek's town hall, which was also the town's community centre, used for dance, meetings, local / touring groups, drama and productions was demolished over 20 years ago and has never been replaced.

The Foxlowe, Stockwell Street, Leek is a grade II listed Georgian hotel, with open land to the rear, is an ideal site to be developed as Leek's community centre, theatre, heritage centre / musuem, conference centre and cinema.

Staffordshire Moorlands District Council are in the process of developing Leek's masterplan, identifying future projects and locations. They have already identified their preferred site in advance of the Masterplan for a community centre as a new build on an existing car park in Leek, on a far smaller, inappropriate site.

26. Bring back Oakland's Parkway Speakeasy Theater!

Since its start back in 1997, the Parkway Speakeasy Theater has become an anchor for both residents and small business in the Lake Merritt and Eastlake communities, as well as a source of pride for Oakland and the greater Bay Area.

Residents frequently say “I live near the Parkway.”

Businesses in the area often use the theater as a reference point as well. In fact, some businesses may not have initially given this district a chance without the Parkway as the mainstay.

It is a rare and special thing when a small business is central to the hearts and minds of both residents and businesses alike.

For the last decade, the Parkway Speakeasy Theater has been a deserving focal point for the good things happening in this part of Oakland.

With the departure of this vital business, the community has lost one of its biggest advocates. It is sad to imagine what long term impact this will have on the desirability of the residential neighborhoods (property values) and the retention/attraction of small business (economic viability) in the surrounding area.

This is why action is needed, and required, on behalf of the Lake Merritt and Eastlake communities, and Oakland/Alameda at large. If you have not already signed the petition in person outside of the Parkway Theater, please help support this cause. Help bring back the Parkway Theatre!

27. Monet Monico with Corbin Bleu at the Palace Theatre

Monet Monico, 18, has been singing, dancing, and acting all of her life. She has been on some of today's biggest shows like, Zoey 101, The Bernie Mac show, and The Suite Life of Zach and Cody where she proformed her song "Two Of Them."

You can catch Monet on Radio Disney's incubator artist page. She won Radio KOL's breakout artist for 2007, and is also in the final's for MTV's contest "I Want To Hear My Music On MTV" (we find out the winner Sept.14th)

Monet can be seen in the musicial The Teenage Witch. Monico has opened up for many of today's hottest stars like Jesse Mccartney, The Jonas Brothers and Jump 5.

Monet in the Guitar Hero 3 Commercial:

Monet on the Bernie Mac show:

Monet on The Suite Life of Zach and Cody:

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28. Save Wyeside Arts Centre

The award-winning Wyeside Arts Centre, home to Wales’ longest-running cinema, faces enforced closure. Appeals to Powys County Council and the Arts Council of Wales have been declined.

This petition is being organised by the staff, trustees and volunteers of Wyeside Arts Centre.


There is ample evidence to show that Wyeside Arts Centre is an extremely efficient and effective arts venue, offering its funders and customers excellent financial and cultural value.

We have been explaining a crucial need for a relatively modest increase in revenue support for nearly ten years, to no avail. Instead we have been obliged to do everything possible to keep Wyeside open, involving considerable compromises at a cost to staff, patrons and our artistic aspirations. We have now reached the point where we can simply no longer continue without the improved revenue support we have been requesting.

The Arts Council of Wales sent its Senior Grants Monitoring Officer to review our finances last year. His report said: “margins have been squeezed to their potential maximum and this includes backroom staff at a bare minimum... the procedures followed are of best practice”. He also confirmed our need for extra revenue support.

This report had to be ‘leaked’ to our Assembly Member in order for us to see it. The Arts Council will not explain why they will not discuss the findings of their own report, even though it confirms that we have been achieving what they were specifically requesting of us as a condition of improved support.

Wyeside promotes and manages over 800 arts and cultural events a year. We operate 7 days – av. 85 hours - a week, open to the public 6 days a week; with an average 40,000 visits per year. Yet we can only afford three full time members of staff; the rest of us are part time, casual or volunteer. Nevertheless last year Wyeside became only the third arts centre in Wales to be awarded Investors in People status, with commendations for our achievements. Their assessor also confirmed our need for improved support.

Wyeside Arts Centre has been denied the significant levels of public subsidy awarded to comparable venues in Powys and Wales. There is an increasingly stark disparity in levels of public investment. We have asked for an explanation but none has been offered. We have asked our public funders to make a ‘best value’ audit and compare Wyeside with other arts venues, but they have been reluctant to do so; even though the National Assembly has also previously asked for comparisons to be made in the interests of best value.

Over the past five years Wyeside Arts Centre has managed to promote an average 60 live performances a year for an average £4,200 a year in subsidy; offering extraordinary value and demonstrating effective management. The Arts Council of Wales has an extra £1.5 million a year to support live show programmes in venues outside of Cardiff. Some theatres have been granted over £100,000 a year extra to support their programmes. Wyeside has been denied any support whatsoever from this fund. In Wales there are no clear rationales for the public agencies’ methods of investing the public’s money in Arts venues.

Wyeside is a victim of very poor administration of public money for the arts. At a time when public money for the arts is under such pressure it should not be unfair to expect our public agencies to invest our money prudently. They should be accountable for ensuring best value, rewarding best practice and meeting their priorities efficiently and effectively.

Direct appeals from the Chairmen of Wyeside to the Chairmen and Chief Executives of Powys County Council and the Arts Council of Wales to discuss our plight have been refused. Please help us to urge the Minister for Heritage to intervene and help us save the Wyeside Arts Centre, which has been providing a significant arts service for thirty years and a home to Wales’ longest-running cinema. There is no good reason why this excellent, much-valued arts centre should be forced to close.

Thank you for taking the time to read this.

Guy Roderick

Artistic & Executive Director

Wyeside Arts Centre

29. Theatre 525: STAGE COMBAT

We, the undersigned registered students of San Diego State University (SDSU), hereby petition the Theatre, Film and Television Department of SDSU, to submit to the students request to have Theatre 525 also known as Stage Combat offered in the next school year 2005-2006.

Stage Combat is a highly popular class for all classmen in the major Theatre Arts. Theatre 525 has been utilized by students in their forever attempt to improve on their skills as actors and professionals in the Theatre industry at SDSU and after graduation.

This personal enrichment is a great addition to ones confidence, health and mind.

30. Save NYCB at SPAC

February 15, 2004

New York City Ballet has been the resident ballet company during July at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center since the amphitheater was built.

George Balanchine, NYCB's founder, was instrumental in designing the facility and Saratoga Springs, New York has been called, officially, "The Summer Home Of The New York City Ballet." Not only does the three-week residency bring a much-needed cultural richness to this upstate New York area, it brings in many dollars that help to support the local economy.

The current Board of Directors of the Performing Arts Center has arbitrarily (and short-sightedly)decided to end the Company's residency in Saratoga Springs after 2004. The rationale is that the bottom line for the Performing Arts Center is adversely affected by the small audience attendance for NYCB.

The Saratoga Performing Arts Center is a Not-for-Profit organization. With a one-year extension of the agreement between the Performing Arts Center and New York City Ballet until 2005, sufficient funds could be raised to cover the disparity in cost and make the NYCB residency financially viable.

Please let your legislators (along with the Board of Directors of the Performing Arts Center) know that you would like for them to extend this residency and that you support the effort to work with SPAC to make this a profitable enterprise.

Please confine your comments and discussion to arguments that will help to bring about a positive change, one hopes, in which all of us will win. SPAC will be a more vibrant facility, with greater community support, and, in addition,we will all achieve our hope of NYCB continuing to perform there. Personal insults and attacks will only divide us from any kind of successful conversations with the people from whom we are trying to garner results. Thank you.