So the season premiere of Glee aired last night. Being an avid musical theatre lover, I was thrilled with the first season of Glee and seeing so many of my favourite Broadway talents on the show. I adored Lea Michele in Spring Awakening and who doesn’t love Idina Menzel from Rent and Wicked, and Kristin Chenoweth from Charlie Brown and Wicked…all of them among others! Needless to say, I’ve found a few episodes strayed from the usual endearing truths and realities (Britney Spears episode…coughcough). However, I did find that this premiere was a touching return to the first season, appropriately, since this is the last year a lot of the characters will be on the show. Firstly, there were a ton of musical theatre peices, so I was a happy camper. Secondly, the most touching moment of the show for me was when Kurt and Rachel realize that they might not have the wonderful planned careers after high school they had always dreamed of. A little too close to home for most. Thirdly, I loved the daring look at the Sue and Will clash and the stand Sue took against the arts. This is super topical, as seen in this article in The Toronto Star today:
The article notes that slashing of the arts is not a solution for Toronto, and will put the city back by 25 years. This has been an ongoing issue, especially in Toronto lately, with all the clashing of our current mayor and his brother with Art in several forms (ie. privitization of theatres, closing of libraries). I remember growing up the constant talk of taking arts programming out of schools, which would have been terrible for most of the people I know, myself included.
What I don’t understand is how financial experts seem to always think that cutting arts programming is cost effective. Do we not all watch television when we go home at night? Do we read magazines and watch cartoons with kids? We’re surrounded by ads every day that are created by artists. The arts are just as essential as other programming, and it seems absurd that there is so much hate towards such a flexible and accessible medium.
I signed the online petition to keep arts funding in Toronto – I would highly suggest everyone to take action and prove the necessity of fostering creativity!