Friday, May 16, 2008

dinner theater is ending at CenterStage

CenterStage is (already?!) five years old. It has raised $40,000 this year through March, plus $65,000 in pledges it hopes to see realized by the end of this month, and has announced a capital campaign with a $225,000 goal by November.
Sprinklers may be required for all three levels; in response, the board of directors is "taking direct oversight of a five-year plan for all capital improvements."
Don Swanson becomes executive director, with Tim Behrens concentrating on being artistic director and his wife Leslie Ann Grove returning to duties as music director.
*Talking With* closes tomorrow; Behrens will do one of the McManus plays (*Pot Luck*) over Father's Day weekend; and apparently that'll be it for dinner theater at CenterStage. The board says that "dinner theatre events will be curtailed for the foreseeable future," so that "more focus" can "be placed on the success of ella's Supper Club and CenterState Catering and Events."
They're also soliciting "catchy" names for the first- and second-floor spaces.
In five years, CenterStage has paid a thousand performing artists and put on 30 theatrical productions.


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