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Theatre at the Center unveils fundraising strategies

Theatre at the Center unveils fundraising strategies

MUNSTER | Theatre at the Center is planning a new subscription and fundraising campaign to support performances as part of its 25th anniversary.

Richard Friedman, Theatre at the Center general manager, recently addressed the Munster Town Council, announcing the upcoming campaign for activities at The Center for Visual and Performing Arts. He said that the group maintains a $2.5 million annual budget and has 4,500 subscribers.

“We’d like to get 1,000 more subscribers,” Friedman said.

He noted the upcoming production of “The Beverly Hillbillies - The Musical,” based on the popular 1960s television show, scheduled to run between July 10 and Aug. 10. Other performances include “Women of the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown,” Sept. 11 through Oct. 19, and “A Christmas Story,” Nov. 13 through Dec. 14.

Friedman said the center provides a variety of workshops, classes and productions for young people, in addition to the plays and musicals.

He noted Theatre at the Center depends on subscriptions and donations, including employment of some 200 part-time actors and production staff. Patrons will experience added comfort with new seat covers and cushions to be installed soon, Friedman said.

“It’s such a great thing for a town this size to have a theater like this,” he said. “We’ll be seeking sponsors for the new seats.”

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