Monday, July 21, 2014

Seussical performances this weekend will be alcohol-free.

Two weeks ago, NABC was contacted by New Albany RiverStage and asked to arrange beer and wine sales for the three Seussical the Musical shows coming this weekend to the Riverfront Amphitheater.

I agreed to their proposal and worked out time, permits, money and staffing on an otherwise busy weekend. NABC's commitment was to include a percentage of the proceeds to be donated to RiverStage to hep defray expenses.

If this is the first you've heard of it, it's because we all thought it best to respect the nature of the event as family-oriented entertainment, and be low-key about the adult beverage component. I'd been spreading word the old-fashioned way.

Just now, I've been informed that the city of New Albany has asked the organizers to refrain from offering alcoholic beverages for the Seussical event, so if I mentioned it to you recently, please recalibrate and know that the musical will go on as originally planned, without our participation.

Of course, you are encouraged to attend a performance of Seussical, which take place on Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m., and Sunday at 2:00 p.m. New Albany RiverStage is trying to make a point that if the amphitheater is used for quality events, people will come, and improvements will be justified.

Nash on the amphitheater: "Could this be a destination for huge crowds throughout the year?"

The point being made by the city is harder to fathom, but it isn't as though we're unaccustomed to that feeling.


Iamhoosier said...

And, of course, the city of New Albany is not going to reimburse you for your time spent on this.

The New Albanian said...

RiverStage offered remuneration for time spent but I declined. We were going to split profits with them, so they're already losing s a result of the last-minute change. Consequently, there's no sense in punishing the people doing the actual work because the people who aren't don't get it.

Iamhoosier said...

Nice of RiverStage to offer but like you said, it ain't their fault.