At the January 8th select board meeting the board decided to grant themselves exclusive rights to book entertainment for the annual town meeting held at Tracy Hall. All those attending the town meeting must sit through a 10 minute play. It is my understanding that Lady Gaga was the first choice but had to cancel due to a prior commitment.
This sets a precedent for future town meetings. If anyone in town has a stand up comedy routine, wants to sing their favorite song, tap dance, etc simply attend a select board meeting and make your pitch.
To be fair perhaps this short play will bring a bit of levity to town meeting which can be long and drawn out. My opinion is that I go to the annual town meeting to take care of town business and I go to the Barrett Center for the Arts if I CHOOSE to see a play. Now I am a captive audience. If I want to go to town meeting I have to watch a play.
I understand the select board entertainment and booking agency may be inundated with projects that may take us into the next several annual town meetings.