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|I urge every Pentacle member to read all the letters I have posted, to see why I firmly believe something very wrong happened with the board's handling of the CD project, and that the future stability of the theatre is in jeopardy when business is conducted in this manner.|
My letter-to-the editor, published in The Statesman Journal of Salem, Oregon - Randy Bowser
September 10, 2003
Pentacle Theatre’s original cast CD of “Metropolis” will not be released as previously announced in the Statesman Journal. The theater’s governing board debated for seven months before reaching the decision to veto the plan.
As director of “Metropolis,” I am deeply disappointed with the board’s decision. I know the cast is dismayed also. Hundreds of volunteer hours over a five-month period of time went into the production of the completed recording. The cast and public have been waiting for the CD’s release since early this year.
The board’s stated reasons for canceling this much-awaited community project remain imprecise but have nothing to do with the merits of the high-quality recording mastered by Frank Fullerton at his Fullertone Studio in Salem.
The Academy Award-winning composer of “Metropolis,” Joe Brooks, had provided this unique opportunity for Pentacle. The contract with him now is null and void, and there is no possibility of releasing the CD under any new circumstances.
As the person responsible for bringing this unique musical to Salem, I felt it was incumbent upon me to inform the public of this unfortunate turn of events.
After the large amount of publicity and support the CD project had gotten in Salem's Statesman Journal newspaper, and the many inquiries I received from the public, I felt an announcement about its cancellation was necessary. No criticism of Pentacle Theatre was intended.
Please see the published response to my letter.