Gattle discusses Opera House with Rotary

By: Jeannine LeJeune
CROWLEY - The Crowley Rotary Club welcomed a program from Kim G. Gattle on Grand Opera House of the South.

Gattle, who serves as executive director of the opera house, discussed what the 2010-11 season would have in store for everyone as well as some of the functions they have and continue to host in the facility.

“It’s nice to be back. I think every time I come I bring good news and this year is no different,” she said.

The Grand Opera House of the South will open it’s third season on Sept. 17 with a performance from Aaron Neville. And, although it is never planned, Neville’s appearance marks the third straight year the opera house has opened their season with a Louisiana artist.

Tickets are still available and included in the ticket price is a wine and cheese gathering that starts at 6 p.m. on the night of the performance

The opera house is opening their third season following a lengthy and pricey renovation period. It took six years to plan before construction even began and $4.5 million to renovate the opera house. Doors reopened in 2008.

“It’s fun to see the performer’s reactions to the whole scene when they first walk in,” she said. “Every performer we’ve had wants to come back.”

The opera house will host the Lowe family, who play over 50 instruments, sing and dance. There will also be a comedy show from the “Nobodies of Comedy” with four comedians performing. The season will wrap up in April with “Hotel California” a tribute to The Eagles. Gattle said tribute artists always seem to be a popular hit with the area.

She also discussed how outside of their main performances there are also monthly “Family Series” shows, including bubble time and 3-D juggling, as well as other shows.

Gattle encourages everyone to check the opera house’s website, www.thegrandoperahouse.org, for all upcoming shows.

Earlier in the meeting, Pat Miers was the vocational speaker for this week. She discussed how she ended up in Crowley.

Miers, a mother of three, made her way to Acadiana for college at what was then called USL. She loved Lafayette so much she ended up moving back as soon as she could.

It was that return trip that led her to her first job in Crowley as a teacher at Crowley Middle and where she met her husband, John.

Over time Miers ended up in more of an administrative role instead of teaching and made her way to Acadian Technical College.

She was the school’s last hope in 2005-06 when the state threatened to shut it down due to its budgetary issues. The state gave Miers one year to turn the school around.

Eighteen months of long days later, the school made its way into the black and was saved. Meanwhile the hard work also served as a great distraction for Miers while her husband was in Iraq with the 256th.

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