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Sound Off -- May 21, 2014

High school theatre impressive

I’m new to Brandon and have recently been exploring the theatre scene in town as I was a season ticket holder at MTC in Winnipeg before my move. Recently, I’ve had the pleasure of taking in two shows. First, I went to Neelin High School’s production of “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels” and was pleasantly surprised at the calibre of performance. At no point did I feel I was watching a high school show, and the level of performance was equal or better to that of the shows I’ve seen high school students do in Winnipeg. Furthermore, I was delighted to find that $1 from every ticket went to support a local charity. That’s unheard of in the theatre world! Then, I went to see Mecca’s performance of “Alice in Wonderland Jr.” I paid the same price for a ticket — $17, but I was aghast to find that “Alice” was only 50 minutes long, had no live orchestra, the sound was abysmal and no money went to charity. It blew my mind that on a Friday night, the same night I went to Neelin’s performance, the Mecca performance was sold out while Neelin had a ton of seats empty. Meanwhile, the quality of performance is incomparable. What gives, Brandon?

Back lane blues

I am going to agree with the previous people complaining about the garbage and recycling bins being left out in the back lanes. Why did the city pass a bylaw and then not enforce it? The city does not realize the mess the back lanes are in. There are vagrants who poke through the bins, leaving the garbage they don’t want on the ground. The owners of the bin do not clean up the mess. A lot of times the bins are overfilled and spillage occurs. If this happened in their own yard then perhaps the garbage would be cleaned up, but since the bins are allowed to sit 24/7 in the lanes, nothing gets cleaned up. On a windy day the refuse is blowing all over the city. No wonder our streets are so disgusting!

‘I was just canning’

I was in my yard doing some cleaning up when I hear someone rustling through my city garbage bins on the other side of my fence. I pop my head over and a fellow with a beat-up bicycle with a wagon towed behind full of garbage bags says, “Hey there, I was just canning ... do you have any more?” He said this as if it was completely normal — a new pastime, like sailing or camping — to be sifting through the recycle bin for apparently beer cans and anything else he can get money for. I have heard these people doing this at night, but never before during the day. Is it just me, or did this not happen before the city imposed the “diversion” of recycling items from the landfill? Do we really need these garbage pickers going up and down laneways in the suburbs? Who knows what else they could be looking at to “case out” to steal later?

No discipline these days

Reading with frustration at the family services worker who was beaten by some troubled teenagers. Ever since the Young Offenders Act has been in effect — and whatever the new version is called — kids aren’t punished the way we were years ago. Are these girls in school? Some quick suggestions: Put them in a chain gang work status; or as an elder person once told me “send them to a war-ravaged country and the good ones will make it back, the others, well ...” Saves taxpayers some money in rehabilitating these punks!

Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition May 21, 2014

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High school theatre impressive

I’m new to Brandon and have recently been exploring the theatre scene in town as I was a season ticket holder at MTC in Winnipeg before my move. Recently, I’ve had the pleasure of taking in two shows. First, I went to Neelin High School’s production of “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels” and was pleasantly surprised at the calibre of performance. At no point did I feel I was watching a high school show, and the level of performance was equal or better to that of the shows I’ve seen high school students do in Winnipeg. Furthermore, I was delighted to find that $1 from every ticket went to support a local charity. That’s unheard of in the theatre world! Then, I went to see Mecca’s performance of “Alice in Wonderland Jr.” I paid the same price for a ticket — $17, but I was aghast to find that “Alice” was only 50 minutes long, had no live orchestra, the sound was abysmal and no money went to charity. It blew my mind that on a Friday night, the same night I went to Neelin’s performance, the Mecca performance was sold out while Neelin had a ton of seats empty. Meanwhile, the quality of performance is incomparable. What gives, Brandon?

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High school theatre impressive

I’m new to Brandon and have recently been exploring the theatre scene in town as I was a season ticket holder at MTC in Winnipeg before my move. Recently, I’ve had the pleasure of taking in two shows. First, I went to Neelin High School’s production of “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels” and was pleasantly surprised at the calibre of performance. At no point did I feel I was watching a high school show, and the level of performance was equal or better to that of the shows I’ve seen high school students do in Winnipeg. Furthermore, I was delighted to find that $1 from every ticket went to support a local charity. That’s unheard of in the theatre world! Then, I went to see Mecca’s performance of “Alice in Wonderland Jr.” I paid the same price for a ticket — $17, but I was aghast to find that “Alice” was only 50 minutes long, had no live orchestra, the sound was abysmal and no money went to charity. It blew my mind that on a Friday night, the same night I went to Neelin’s performance, the Mecca performance was sold out while Neelin had a ton of seats empty. Meanwhile, the quality of performance is incomparable. What gives, Brandon?

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