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Thursday, July 9, 2015

Ligonier Theater seeking new blood and new ideas for its survival.

Community members with a desire to see the historic Ligonier Theatre thrive once again joined forces with board members of the Valley Players last week in a meeting at the theater.
“We wanted to address community questions about what is happening here at the theater,” said Sharon Vito-McCue, president of the Valley Players. “Our goal is to share some of the challenges we're facing and to invite people to get on board to help turn things around.”
Keeping the theater in operation continues to be a challenge for the nonprofit organization.
The theater costs $80,000 a year to operate, according to Eric Harris, executive director and manager.
This includes heating, cooling and lighting in addition to operating expenses such as obtaining licenses and rights to shows being performed.
Theater attendance and participation has declined in recent years due to a number of factors including an increase in electronic entertainment, local competition from other community theaters and higher operation costs.

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