Community needs to show support for TBT

I am writing on behalf of Thunder Bay Theatre, Northeast Michigan and Alpena’s only year-round professional theatre. Jeffrey Mindock, Artistic Director for the organization, attended the City Council Meeting to discuss the Theatre’s overwhelming growth in the past three years and the new education initiatives that Thunder Bay Theatre is pursuing. I am a staunch supporter of Thunder Bay Theatre and all of the work that the Mindocks (Jeffrey and Paige) have done to make a difference in our community. Much like other directors before him, Jeffrey has had a clear vision from the beginning, and we are just starting to see it flourish and benefit our community. I know from personal discussions with Jeffrey that at the Council meeting, he was hoping to drum up support for the Theatre’s First Annual Family FUN!draiser which will benefit the amazing educational opportunities the Theatre offers to the young performing artists in our community. At the meeting, Mayor Waligora proclaimed April 10-16 as Theatre Education Week, and there was only one sentence mentioning in the paper. The sentence did not even mention Thunder Bay Theatre, and said nothing of the FUN!draiser and the impressive efforts that Thunder Bay Theatre is taking in the future of the arts in Alpena and the entire Northern Michigan region. It amazes me that our community has not fully embraced the energy and effort that is being put forth presently at Thunder Bay Theatre, and I hope to see more avid supporters next to me in the future. I encourage everyone who has a family or has an interest in supporting the arts in Alpena to attend the Family FUN!draiser and see exactly what I’m talking about. I guarantee you’ll understand why I’m so moved to write in the first place.

Daniel Cyryl