As a five-year season ticket holder at Capital City Productions Inc., I was upset to hear the Housing Authority is accepting proposals for redevelopment of the Shikles Auditorium. This could potentially leave Capital City Productions without a home.
It’s my understanding that over the past 11 years Capital City Productions has spent considerable money and volunteer labor repairing and improving the Shikles Auditorium. It would seem a shame to see this effort wasted.
I understand the entrance to and parking at the auditorium could use some improvement. Surely, the City of Jefferson could make these improvements to protect the financial benefit for the city of having the Capital City Productions at this location.
I have talked to many people at the theater from all over Missouri and the country, they all amazed at the talent that was found in Jefferson City. Some even went so far as to say it was as good, if not better than shows they saw on Broadway in New York. Jefferson City has a limited number of entertainment and cultural attractions, and losing the Capital City Players would be a tragedy.
They also have a summer camp for children to learn about the theater and how it works, plus classes for adults in the art of theater. They have helped many not-for-profit organizations with their productions.
Surely a long-term agreement between the Housing Authority and Capital City Productions can be worked out to prevent the loss of a home for the Capital City Productions.