Our lives are a compilation of unique experiences; the good, the bad and the ugly. Whether these experiences are solo or shared, they are more impactful than we actually realize. An experience directly engaging others is hard to come by with the expansion of social media and smartphones.
Scott Wright, director of the Mobile Opera, has been trying to share not only his arts experiences but also push the importance of them in Mobile. There are many people who are unaware of the quality performances that take place every year in this great city.
"From the arts standpoint, it's phenomenal a town the size of Mobile has a professional opera, ballet and professional symphony," stated Wright. He believes Mobile has a tremendous amount of divine productions. He adds, “It is quite impressive how the arts make this place feel like a quaint and cultured town.”
On average, a show put on by the Mobile Opera costs over $100,000, which ticket sales only account for about 25%. In more recent years, the Mobile Opera has downsized to only two shows a year for various reasons, including a lack of funding and community involvement.
In other parts of the world, there are also funding problems in regards to the arts, however they do not have problems bringing in an audience. “We don’t give our children and haven’t for a long time, give them that experience,” explained Wright.
An absence of communication between the citizens of this area greatly contributes to a low interest in the arts. With the rise of digital communication and social sites, we have began to lack the shared experience of an opera. The engagement of actual people and participating in a chance encounter is thoroughly underrated.
“It’s tremendous as far as mass communicating and quickly getting information out; however, it’s bewildering that people don’t see the value of actually going to see the performing arts,” explained Wright.
As a community, the arts are a necessity. They build character, team building and endurance. By sharing these experiences with others, we are all connected. Wright explained it best when he stated that no one’s education is complete without an understanding of the arts.