Jan 23, 2013 8:02 PM by Q2 News
BILLINGS-Two weeks after a Billings theatre announced its financial emergency, the community responded. According to Board President Brooke Buchanan, over the past two weeks the Venture Theatre has collected $30,000. That makes up 25 percent of the $125,000 the theater needs to raise by the end of January.
Other progress includes the appointing of a new interim director. Susan Scariano is leading the staff and serving as a liaison to the Board as the theatre moves forward.
"Several people have expressed an interest in making further significant gifts, and appropriately so, they are anxious to hear about short and long term plans before moving forward," Buchanan said.
Some future plans for the theatre includes separating the business and art management of the theatre, bringing on long-term community partners to share operating facility costs and housing for other independently promoted entertainment.
"The Venture board is working closely with the staff and volunteers to make every attempt to return the theatre to stable financial ground so that Venture can do what it does best - engage, challenge and inspire people of all ages through the arts," said Buchanan.
The Venture Theatre has created the Venture into the Black campaign. Over the past two weeks, a special appeals letter has been sent to 1,500 Venture donors, friends, parents of children who have taken part in our Youth Conservatory classes, past board members and community supporters.
An account has been established at First Interstate Bank in which all Venture into the Black donations will be deposited. Donations can also be made on line at www.venturetheatre.org
There are a number of upcoming fundraising events to benefit Venture: A Cabaret Show at Venture Theater, Wednesday, January 30, directed by Susan Sommerfeld and Christie Anderson and a Funky Bunch/Improv show, coordinated by Catherine Langlas Bergman, at Venture Theatre on Friday, February 1
Upcoming shows and events include: Red and A Steady Rain which both continue this weekend January 25 and 26, at the theatre as a part of the Fringe Festival.