Beauty teamwork

The Prince George Citizen - - Opinion -

In a re­cent let­ter, Les and Carol Waldie com­pli­mented Judy Rus­sell’s pro­duc­tion of Beauty & The Beast.

We’re re­ally glad they en­joyed the show. We also feel for­tu­nate that the com­mu­nity sup­ports and ap­pre­ci­ates our ef­forts to the ex­tent that they do. These shows are cre­ated by a mix of am­a­teur and pro­fes­sional artists. Mostly for the love of do­ing it, but wher­ever pos­si­ble the pro­duc­tion tries to re­mu­ner­ate those that make their liv­ing at it.

The mu­si­cians in our or­ches­tras are all pro­fes­sion­als and primarily sup­port them­selves and their fam­i­lies play­ing mu­sic. We have al­ways con­tracted the mu­si­cians and paid them ac­cord­ingly.

In their let­ter, the Waldies made a ref­er­ence to the Prince George Sym­phony Orches­tra as be­ing in­volved with the show. I sim­ply wish to set the record straight. The PGSO was not in any way in­volved with the pro­duc­tion of Beauty & The Beast. It’s true that some of the beauty orches­tra are mem­bers of the PGSO and that Mae­stro Hall is the PGSO mu­sic di­rec­tor/ con­duc­tor, but their in­volve­ment in the show was not through the aus­pices of the PGSO.

Mem­bers of the orches­tra are free to take work as free­lancers, as are most artists. The qual­ity of the sound of the orches­tra and the singers has al­ways been a big pri­or­ity for us. We have made great in­vest­ments in equip­ment and peo­ple to achieve the best qual­ity pos­si­ble. So, yes the mu­si­cians were fab­u­lous, but you have to know they were well sup­ported tech­ni­cally.

We have been pro­duc­ing large scale mu­si­cals such as this for many years. Each year we con­tract var­i­ous artists and tech­ni­cal pro­fes­sion­als to work on the shows. We are so in­cred­i­bly for­tu­nate that many of them live here. Thanks again to Les and Carol for their sup­port of our show and their sup­port of others in Prince George.

Bill Rus­sell Prince George

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