Bemidji Group Theater seeks resources to offset renovation prices

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The local community theater has experienced no product sales from the performs they would generally have held this 12 months, and consequently have had no earnings due to the fact their manufacturing of “Murder Ahoy” in February. “This yr has been a tough yr for all of us,” BCT explained […]

The local community theater has experienced no product sales from the performs they would generally have held this 12 months, and consequently have had no earnings due to the fact their manufacturing of “Murder Ahoy” in February.

“This yr has been a tough yr for all of us,” BCT explained in a release. “We were being in the final 7 days of rehearsal for our children’s musical, ‘Treasure Island,’ and had been established to open March 20. With a solid of 30 (most of them little ones), there was excitement in the air. Then came COVID and the lockdown. Immediately after all the perform and cost of the musical, we experienced to terminate all performances. The small children ended up extremely let down. As the lockdown continued, we had to cancel our May manufacturing of ‘Trip to Bountiful,’ our summer theater camp (set for the very first two months in June), and the late summer months short participate in for small children.”

BCT was started out in December 1981 by a team of pals who recorded “A Christmas Carol” to be broadcast above the radio. Given that then, performs have been performed in many destinations around Bemidji, escalating from a person present a year to their pre-coronavirus lineup of 5 reveals each and every yr, the launch mentioned.

The group bought its very first-ever residence in September 2018, the previous residence of E book Globe, in downtown Bemidji. They have given that been renovating the retail space, producing storage spots, dressing rooms, a make-up house, stitching location, scenery shop and general performance room.

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“Our former rental stage is no lengthier viable, so it is very important that our dwelling has a overall performance room by the time we are authorized to open up,” the release claimed. “There are a multitude of metropolis polices that will have to be fulfilled to be ready to have an viewers: a handicap obtainable restroom, a handicap accessible dressing home, sprinkler method, multiple escape routes from all flooring, and so forth.”
Sadly, the business cannot keep any fundraising gatherings thanks to COVID-19 rules, in get to offset the renovation charges. Before in the summer season, they held an on the internet silent auction, which attained $2,468. Even so, renovations are a great offer a lot more than that total, the launch explained.

A GoFundMe was established in August to support increase some further money, but their objective of $25,000 is nevertheless much from staying fulfilled. The GoFundMe can be uncovered at https://gf.me/u/yp3zna.

“Any help you could give our non-profit team would be considerably appreciated,” the release mentioned. “Hope you see you ‘on the boards’ before long!”

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