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Pleasanton Council switches children's theater provider despite parents' protests

Original post made on Mar 20, 2013

The Pleasanton City Council agreed last week with a controversial recommendation of its Civic Arts Commission by awarding a one-year, $109,100 contract to a new group to handle children's theatrical production services, booting the San Francisco Shakespeare Festival that's been here for years.

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Comments (10)

Posted by Frank Lynn, a resident of Donlon Elementary School
on Mar 20, 2013 at 11:00 am

Usually an incumbent vendor is replaced when:
> They are failing at the job
> A new vendor can do the same job for a lower cost, or a better job for the same cost
> The new vendor knows someone in the decision making chain and uses their influence

Since the screening committee unanimously voted to recommend BACT
"based on the facts that it had proposed "a more comprehensive range of programming, that it was more responsive to the overall requirements of the program, and that it could result in improved program administration and management"

then it sounds like this is a situation of better service for the same cost. It is a little fishy that parents didn't want the vendor to change and didn't get a good opportunity to give feedback - but I wonder how much of that is parents who haven invested time volunteering and schmoozing in order to get their kids lead/better parts in our overly competitive Pleasanton environment.


Posted by brad, a resident of Birdland
on Mar 20, 2013 at 12:44 pm

The REAL question should be " why is the City with over 137 MM in unfunded pension liability spending anything on children's theater "


Posted by TEA Pleasanton, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Mar 20, 2013 at 2:45 pm

I agree with Brad. Until we get this godforsaken mess with the ...teachers' union and incompitant administrators out of the way there should be no extra funds devoted to "arts and crafts" and other superficious activities. Second, what is the practical value, in monetary terms, of putting P-town kids on the stage. It seems to me we should be teaching the kids basic math and citizenship skills, and how to detect corrupt politicians, not reciting irrevalent Shakespear verses for mommy and daddy (Comment partially removed by Pleasanton Weekly Online staff).


Posted by perhaps you missed it, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Mar 20, 2013 at 4:59 pm

Although it was not reported by the PW, city staff explained that the program is cost neutral. The $109,000 will be off-set by income from the program through fees and ticket sales.


Posted by Timothy T, a resident of Downtown
on Mar 20, 2013 at 5:59 pm

I applaud the city for actually making a change in something rather than just keep going with the same, old, tired thing.


Posted by Freddie, a resident of Bridle Creek
on Mar 20, 2013 at 6:44 pm

Why in this day and age any parents would want there kids participating in such a program is beyond me. There really isn't any money in itl, and as we all know money makes the world go around and around. Teach your kids how to invest, not recite some old verse.


Posted by Pete , a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Mar 20, 2013 at 10:17 pm

Understandable/reasonable choice... thinking together and acting together (no pun intended) appeared to be reason for transition. Access to local existing partnerships are evident upon review of Bay Area Children's Theatre (BACT) bio.


Posted by Cholo, a resident of Livermore
on Mar 21, 2013 at 9:58 am

Some children love theatre and thrive in such programs...BRAVO! VIVA!


Posted by Manny, a resident of Downtown
on Mar 21, 2013 at 2:30 pm

I welcome the change. Perhaps we can see some new fresh faces on the stage other than children of parents connected to the Shakespeare group!


Posted by Check your spelling, a resident of San Ramon
on Mar 27, 2013 at 8:22 am

Gee @TEA Pleasanton, perhaps children should perform theater and recite "irrevelant Shakespear" (sic) verses so that they can learn the history of one of the oldest forms of communication. Theater is many things, one of them being the voice of the people. Working together to produce a play is the highest form I know to foster "citizenship skills" and learn how to collaborate and get along with others as part of a citizenry. I have seen BACT in action and they are highly professional and caring toward the children and to the colleagues. Good job Pleasanton! BACT is a wonderful group.


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