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The Beehive Asks: What would you give Fresno for Christmas?

I’m full of holiday cheer today, so I’ll share the No. 1 item on my wish list for the city:

A state-of-the-art performing arts complex designed for small to medium-sized theater, dance and music productions.

The ideal would be a facility owned by the city or a benevolent non-profit organization. Priority would be given to local performing arts organizations. I can imagine a cozy 100-seat or 150-seat theater, preferably an easily configured black-box space, with all the goodies: great lights, great sound, bountiful dressing room and backstage amenities, etc.

In the same complex, I’d love to see a medium-sized theater, perhaps in the 250-350 seat range, with orchestra pit, ample wings and fly space, plus those great lights and sound.

Both would be available on a sliding fee scale depending on theater company size or budget.

It’d be quite the boon for the local arts scene, eh? What do you say, Santa?