Advocate editorial board opinion: Nationally-known comedian will use performing venue

By the Advocate Editorial Board
Jan. 11, 2012 at 6:02 p.m.
Updated Jan. 10, 2012 at 7:11 p.m.

We were pleased to see that a popular comedian will perform at the Victoria school district's Fine Arts Center.

David Mann, who does stand up comedy around the country, will appear on stage Feb. 18. His act is billed as family entertainment.

Mann also is Mr. Brown in the ongoing TV comedy series "Meet The Browns" on TBS, and he is a spokesman for the American Diabetes Association.

Fine Arts Center Director Jay Lester said the performance was a rental. And more rentals of the center are planned as long as scheduling can be accomplished to accommodate students in the Victoria school district.

He mentioned that in addition to rentals of the center, the venue also sponsors some shows. For example, the Glenn Miller Orchestra is performing Feb. 20 at the center. The orchestra was begun by the late Miller and incorporated. The fabulous sound of Glenn Miller is perpetuated through the orchestra.

Lester said the Baylor University Wind Ensemble will perform Feb. 7. The show will be opened with performances by various groups from the Victoria school district high schools.

"First priority is the students and second priority is to accommodate the community," Lester said. That means making the center available to organizations like the Victoria Symphony and Bach Festival.

We agree with those priorities. And we urge more rentals to showcase talents like Mann. This serves to enhance entertainment options to Crossroads residents.

The 1,481 seats in the center are likely to be filled to see this very funny comedian.

"We are getting more and more traveling shows," Lester said.

We were surprised that 85 different shows have performed in the center since it opened in February 2011.

"We hit the ground running," Lester said.

Scott Blomberg will be the soundman for Mann when he performs. Blomberg contracts with the center to do sound for performers. For example, Blomberg will do the sound for the Victoria Symphony and famous songwriter and singer, Michael Martin Murphey, on Jan. 21.

Again, we are excited about the upcoming performances and the prospect of additional nationally-known entertainers. And we praise the Victoria Fine Arts Center for making this possible.

This editorial reflects the views of the Victoria Advocate's editorial board.



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