This year started out like a normal one.
But at the end of the year, two important arts organizations went through some changes.
The Columbus Ballet was first, when its board fired executive/artistic director David Herriott. It was a nasty kind of split that was chronicled in our newspaper in late November.
I really liked David. He was an accomplished dancer, who turned into a great teacher. And he got boys and men to take ballet.
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Right now, former executive/artistic director Maria Hirsch is the interim director. Daphne Dove Peirce, a board member, told me that a search is being conducted to find a permanent executive/artistic director.
If that weren’t enough, Enoch Morris, the executive director of RiverCenter for the Performing Arts, left his position. It was a mutual parting of the ways between Enoch and the RiverCenter board.
Bill Bullock, who was the assistant director at RiverCenter, took over. I know that Bill will do a fine job.
He knows that most of next season has already been set because you’ve got to book shows and artists that far in advance.
So his job next season is to sell what he’s been given. He can make his mark on the 2011-12 season.
So my best wishes to both Maria and Bill on the rest of the season and beyond.
Troy Heard, the artistic director of the Chattahoochee Shakespeare Co., called me just before Christmas as he was going to visit his mother and sisters in Las Vegas for the holidays.
His theater company is going to take a break. He said the economy has hurt his group and grants and foundations just don’t have the money to fund some of the things he’s been trying to do.
He is suspending his shows until May when RiverShakes Weekend 2010 will present “The Merry Wives of Windsor” May 6-9 at the Riverfront Amphitheater.
In the meantime, I know Troy’s trying to figure out ways to raise money to keep his company going.
If you want to help, give him a call at 702-423-6366.
Calling all “brats”
Donna Musil, who grew up in Columbus, and now lives in the Atlanta area, made a documentary called “Brats: Our Journey Home.” It took her seven years to finish. As an Army brat myself, I found it to be a compelling film, featuring all sorts of people who grew up as brats like me.
Donna got Kris Kristofferson to narrate and sing, and had people like Gen. Norman Schwarzkopf to talk about his days as a military dependent.
Marc Curtis, who started the Military Brats Registry, sent me a note saying that if you buy an annual subscription to the Military Brats Registry, you’ll get a copy of the documentary.
If you buy a lifetime subscription, you’ll get “Growing up Military,” plus “Military Brats: Legacies of Childhood Inside the Fortress” by Mary Edwards Wertsch and a “Proud to Be a Military Brat” lapel pin.
You have until Jan. 15 to take advantage of these offers.
“Growing Up Military — Every Brat Has a Story” has been the theme of the Military Brats Registry since 1997. Members have shared their stories about their unusual lifestyle as military dependents growing up around the world.
This book compiled 45 of the stories to preserve the culture and history of military brats.
If you’re a military brat and have a story to tell, you can share your story online.