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Letter: Crump’s future depends on finding right leader

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From: David Sechrest


The April 22 issue of The Republic included three articles about the Crump Theatre. In his article “Setting Stages: Groups Look For Right Fit In Booking Acts,” reporter Chris Jones covered the same old territory that has been traveled over and over again.

When it comes to the topic of a “good fit,” Republic reporters follow a well-worn path to David “Columbus Indiana Philharmonic” Bowden’s door. The same holds true with Robert “Harlequin Theatre” Hay-Smith. In a Republic article just last year, these same gentlemen were asked the same questions, and The Republic reported the same answers: The Crump just isn’t the right fit for either one.

When I interviewed architect Louis Joyner for my book on the Crump Theatre last year, he told me, “That story has been around since the 1970s. Everybody’s wanted to use it, but no one had the vision to make it work.”

It has been proven many times over that neither sees a proper fit. We get it.

What seems to be a more interesting line of approach to the subject matter is all the groups within our community, including church groups, musicians and other artists, that have found the Crump a very good fit for their needs. Where was their voice in yesterday’s article?

We know the Crump will never fulfill every need for every group within our arts community. But let’s not lose track of the fact that there are, and more importantly, have been successful, perfect fits between the Crump Theatre venue and local artists/religious organizations.

There is a need within the community that our current Crump Theatre can provide, and more importantly, has provided. All we need now is someone with the foresight to realize it.

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