Thursday, October 30, 2008

Ballot Question 1

This November's elections will be historic, for the nation and our state.  On Massachusetts' ballot is Question 1, which would repeal the personal income tax.  Currently, income tax provides for 40% of the state's budget.  Should this 40% no longer be available, the state would be faced with drastic funding cuts for services including education, public safety, health and emergency care, infrastructure, and arts and culture.

Before voting, please consider the impact Arts and Culture have on our community.  According to the Massachusetts Cultural Council's website:

Annually, MA cultural non-profits provide 37,000 jobs, collect and pay $6.6 million in state sales taxes, and have a total economic impact of over $4.2 billion.

Nearly 95% of MA voters see the arts as a basic part of a child's education, as basic as English and Math.

Students highly engaged in the arts do better in school and are more involved in their communities.  

Workers trained in the arts and culture drive MA's leading industries, including software development, telecommunications, and new media industries.

Among the most disadvantaged neighborhoods, those with high levels of cultural participation are more likely to have low rates of juvenile delinquency and truancy.

Please investigate the impact of arts and culture on our state by visiting:

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Coming October 25th: Gerwick Puppets' 5,000th Performance!

PST is excited to welcome Deborah Costine and Len Gerwick of Gerwick Puppets to the Puppet Showplace Halloween Extravaganza on October 25th and 26th. They will perform "Inside the Haunted House" at 1pm and 3pm, Saturday and Sunday. Deborah and Len will also present a special show at 7pm Saturday night that will mark the 5,000th performance of Gerwick Puppets!

Here's a special video from all about Gerwick Puppets:

"Inside the Haunted House" features Bruce and Marylou, two friends who accept a dare from the neighborhood bully to explore an abandoned mansion. Disguised as ghosts, they slowly creep inside, unaware of all that awaits them!

This funny and spooky original story features 15 characters, hand-painted scenery, recorded music, props and special lighting effects, combined for a realistic tone.

The show is recommended for ages 5 and up.

More Reasons to Attend the PST Halloween Extravaganza:

• Come in costume and receive a special prize!
• Stay for treats after the show!

Inside The Haunted House
by Gerwick Puppets

Saturday October 25th & Sunday October 26th | 1pm & 3pm
Tickets $10 general admission/$8 members
Reservations are strongly recommended!

We look forward to seeing you at the show!