Foothills Theatre situation ‘dire,’ may close

Foothills Theatre executives are launching a last ditch, all-hands-on-deck effort to save the theater, which may have to close in the next week or so if it can’t raise $100,000.

Judge Mel Greenberg, the company’s Chairman of the Board and Artistic Director Russell Garrett appeared on The Jordan Levy show yesterday; today, a FAQ of the theater’s situation appears on its webpage.

“How bad is the situation?

To be perfectly honest the situation is dire. We need to raise approximately $100,000 between now and the beginning of next week in order to continue producing The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas. Once that has happened we will need to raise another $100,000 to finish out our current season. If we can successfully finish out through You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown, then we will need to raise an additional $200,000 to make next season a reality.

When will the closing happen and what about the rest of the season?

If we are unsuccessful in raising the necessary funds by the beginning of next week the closing will be imminent. We will close out the run of Rainmaker but we will not be able to begin the run of The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas. We will also be forced to cancel Doubt and You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown. This would leave an incomplete season for season ticket holders. Details have not been finalized regarding subscription holders and can not be finalized until we have the results of this public appeal. Although this is a very painful thought to all of us at the theatre there is a possibility that subscriptions will have to be terminated with no refund available.

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2 responses to “Foothills Theatre situation ‘dire,’ may close

  1. OK, I’ll ask, are Foothills’ ticket sales down because everyone’s ticket sales are down, or is it because everyone in Worcester is at the Hanover?

    I think one or more of the colleges should jump on this as an opportunity for collaboration, especially if they’d like to avoid more PILOT talk. Imagine how good they would look saving a Worcester arts organization from going the way of the Crafts Center. Imagine audiences filled with college students!

  2. Chris K

    Is there some reason an apparently failing business should remain open with an infusion of donated capital?

    This means only one of two things: Foothills management hasn’t marketed the place well enough, or there isn’t enough of a market here in Worcester for theater.

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