I am disappointed by the board’s decision to remove Richard Biever from his position as the State Theatre’s artistic director.
Under Biever’s leadership, the State was reducing its debt. He started $3 movies after the closing of the local dollar theater, began a play-reading series to facilitate community discussion and founded Fuse Productions.
Fuse’s mission was to “fuse the theatrical talents of local professionals, amateurs and students, allowing them to work in a professional atmosphere where the art of theater is taken seriously.”
Fuse was a wonderful addition to the community arts scene in central Pennsylvania.
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The hardest thing about seeing Biever go is what was left unfinished. He had plans for productions of “Bloody, Bloody Andrew Jackson” and “Les Miserables” in the works.
I urge everyone to attend “Annie,” the last Fuse Production directed by Biever at the State on Feb. 6-9. Packed houses would be a fitting farewell to a man who has contributed so much to the arts in our community.
Tina Mueller, Centre Hall