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Letters: Northern Light Opera clarification

I would like to thank the Park Rapids Enterprise for publishing some beautiful pictures and a nice article about the Northern Light Opera Company event, "An Evening with our Stars," the kick-off to the 2009 fundraising season.

I would like to thank the Park Rapids Enterprise for publishing some beautiful pictures and a nice article about the Northern Light Opera Company event, "An Evening with our Stars," the kick-off to the 2009 fundraising season.

There was one misleading piece of information in the article that I would like to correct. The article states correctly that the proceeds from ticket sales for the 2008 summer production of "Into the Woods" failed to cover the cost of the production, implying that the Northern Light Opera Company has lost $18,000. Historically, ticket revenue provides for 60-70 percent of production costs. What was not reported in the article was that community contributions and grants were able to cover most of the remaining costs. Thanks to the generous support of donors and volunteers, the Northern Light Opera Company has successfully kept in the black and has been able to accumulate a small reserve of funds.

I would also like to publicly thank the Park Rapids Lakes Area Community for their enthusiastic support of NLOC and all the arts in the area.

Paul Dove

Artistic director

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