I have been involved in the arts in one form or another most of my life. I believe in the arts, so when I was asked to join a new arts and culture magazine I was excited. I went to a performance in a new creative space. The lineup for this month’s musicians is exciting. And, I like the concept of combining a gallery to work as a performance space as well.
I was sadly disappointed from the moment I arrived in the environment. I was eager to participate and support the new space but even trying to get a ticket was an ordeal. The place is a non- profit organization. It was run like a high school event. Reservations? Your name isn’t on the list? On and on till I was able to make them understand that I made a reservation but hadn’t paid. We, my friend and I, entered a room that contained a platform stage, then a series of round tables, followed by regular rows of seats. The room was filled.
Hanging from the walls were several paintings, I was uninspired but that doesn’t signify anything. The show had begun and the first performer sang, at best she was mediocre. The second performer is introduced and she was less than mediocre but trying hard to be a performer. Then, the third performer arrives. She is a female impersonated dressed in a cheap straight, long blue wig, a tight short blue sparkle skirt and some sort of top. The music begins, she attempts to lip sink and then dance. I cannot believe that this person actually prepared for the event. She didn’t know the words, didn’t have a clear dance routine down, and was not a very impressive dancer.
My friend and I decided we had enough despite the 45 minutes we had driven to see this special event. We went back out to the lovely ladies who first greeted us and we asked for our money back. You see this was supposed to be a DIVA’s night: female impersonators. Really! I have been to shows in New York and other places and have been both entertained and impressed by the beauty, talent, and humor of the performers. We were told, “you can’t get your money back, and besides you have only seen a small part of a two hour show.”
I will go back to see some of the musicians, but I do hope that the choice and preparation for the other acts are more refined than what I witnessed the other night.
I have never walked out of professional performance before, but that is the problem. I thought I was going to see a professional performance, what I got was amateur night. I have two children who are both talented who in their worst days performed better than these three individuals. I know I am carrying on but I do resent the money I spent to get into the place to be treated to inferior work. I support the arts- that means I support real work by real artists.