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Letter: City needs performance art space

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From: Sheryl Nulph


Received Dec. 23

HEY kids! Let’s put on a show!

Mickey Rooney and Judy Garland made it look so easy. With that simple phrase, curtains were sewn, orchestras assembled, costumes appeared, props were flown in and out, and a simple barn became a lavish theater with a stage suited to a Broadway performance.

Ah! Hollywood!

I too, love the Crump. The first time I stepped foot on stage was at age 6 when I had the first of many dance recitals there. My first real “date” was in the balcony. I saw my first M-rated movie there as well as “Gone With The Wind” and countless Disney classics. My heart always leaps when I see the neon of the building’s classic façade. I too, am saddened by the condition of the theater and the possible fate that will befall it.

However — there comes a time to be realistic.

The current study of the Crump is one of the most comprehensive ever taken on. It is being led by people who not only have regard for historic preservation but also know a thing or two about how to restore a theater. It is important that the two thought processes are combined to create the best overall use of the space for decades to come.

Columbus is in need of a civic theater performance space (in addition to) the existing school auditoriums. The current designs being considered will suit that need and hopefully allow the Crump to continue in the best possible way. The current designs being considered will upgrade the facility as a viable performance space, allowing for adequate lighting, sound, fly, wing and dressing rooms spaces. The space will also provide an enjoyable space

for audiences to participate in live theater, dance, music, lectures and countless other artistic endeavors.

So — the choice facing Columbus is simple. We can listen to people who have studied the situation with care and have a working plan for the facility that balances historic significance with the needs of a viable performance space. The other choice is the path we have taken for the last 30 or more years. We can cling to the past and watch as the building continues to deteriorate, becoming a ghost to nostalgia.

To me, the choice is clear.

Sheryl Nulph is a long time Columbus resident and ardent supporter of the Crump Theatre.

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