Letters: Thanks to all who participated in Vet’s Day event at MBS

To the editor:
On Sunday, Nov. 9, I went to the Memorial Boulevard School to see a show called “God Bless the USA.” It was a tribute to our veterans and was produced and directed by the Holiday Showcase of Stars, in conjunction with the city of Bristol’s Memorial Boulevard School Task Force.
It was Bristol’s own USO show and what a job they did.
Now, this is a very special place to me and I have many fond memories of it. I attended Bristol Central High School and graduated from there many years ago. Although the building needs repairs, it hasn’t lost its charm and beauty. 
I believe that Bristol residents will support our theater. That was evident when over 130 volunteers showed up to clean the school the week before the shows, which was a labor of love. The show was a huge success – shown by the over 750 people who packed the house. The audience sang along with the performers and applauded with standing ovations. I heard nothing but accolades. People were thrilled to be there. We’re so fortunate to have this gem and a lot of great local talent, so why not make this vision a reality? I’m proud of my community and so happy to see that yes, we can have a theater in Bristol.
I would like to say thank you to all the people who worked so hard to put this show together and to those who worked behind the scenes, you outdid yourselves. Thank you to all the children and adult performers, who entertained us with songs, nostalgic music, dance and readings. It was truly heartwarming, and a wonderful tribute to our veterans and to those who are currently serving our country.
I hope that this show is just the beginning of many good things to come. I also hope that you will encourage our city officials to preserve this building. Let them know that we want to keep the memorial boulevard theater alive. To also include plans to house a variety of cultural and other business ventures. This beautiful place is a big part of our history. It is the gateway to our city and we can’t let it slip away.
Sandy Stafford