Seaside Music Theater merger dead; theater closing

According to the News-Journal, Daytona State College has given up on taking over the theater. The Seaside Music Theater is part of the News-Journal Center for which a college acquisition was in the works.

Lester Malizia had this to say:

“I realize the economic situation is horrible around the country, but good God, why turn your back on something that was so positive, so good for the community and was doing such good work?”

He’s been the art director at the theater for 20 years. I haven’t been to the theater, and I see their website is a couple months out of date, but apparently they had a whole bunch of summer performances scheduled, which were canceled due to their insolvency these past six months. And they owe thousands of dollars to ticket-holders for plays that were never shown. They’re selling off computers and costumes just to refund what they owe. It was a quarter-million dollars as of July, but no one would give more up-to-date figures.

“SMT had been struggling financially since a lawsuit by Cox Enterprises, which owns 47.5 percent of The News-Journal, forced the Davidson family and News-Journal Corp. to sever ties with the theater.”

I don’t think the theater ever provided enough value to the local community to justify its operating costs. The News-Journal was taking a loss on it before, and without their help, the theater would obviously fail. It’s a shame, but this will make way for newer, better theaters.

October 2008 Open Houses, $6000 in Scholarships

Daytona State College is holding 6 open houses this month: 1 at each campus. All of them are 2 hours, from 5-7 P.M. The first one is this evening at the Flagler / Palm Coast campus.

There will be some kind of food and drinks. The dates and locations were announced here. Here’s a copy of that list:

Tuesday, Oct. 7
Flagler/Palm Coast Campus
Bldg. 2, Rm. 106
3000 Palm Coast Parkway S.E., Palm Coast

Thursday, Oct. 9
New Smyrna Beach-Edgewater Campus
Bldg. 2, Rm. 109
940 10th Street, New Smyrna Beach

Tuesday, Oct. 14
DeLand Campus
Bldg. 7
1155 County Road 4139, DeLand

Thursday, Oct. 16
Deltona Campus
Fathi Hall
2351 Providence Blvd., Deltona

Tuesday, Oct. 21
Advanced Technology College
1770 Technology Blvd., Daytona Beach

Thursday, Oct. 23
Daytona Beach Campus
The Mori Hosseini College of Hospitality Management (Bldg. 1200)
1200 W. Int’l Speedway Blvd., Daytona Beach

Daytona Beach is the last campus to hold the open house, which is 16 days off. I haven’t been to building 1200; it must be quite nice.

The DSC Foundation will be giving away $6000 in scholarships; $500 to 2 students at each open house. The drawing will be random. That sounds like incentive enough to go.

I remember the spring open house from 2007… they had this loud band playing music. You couldn’t talk to anyone. There were recruiters and course specialists there, but they didn’t seem to know much and I couldn’t hear what they were saying anyway. Then they showed this film on a projector and the projector was messed up so the film looked all white unless you were right in front of the screen. It wasn’t much fun.

I hope they do better this time. Unfortunately, I won’t be covering photography or attending because Thursday the 23rd is tied up for me. But good luck to everyone who has time for this. 🙂