Changing Scene Needs a … Change of Scenery

This from our good friends at Changing Scene Theatre Northwest. The first paragraph is good news … the rest, not so much:

“Dear Patrons, Artists past and present, and Friends of The Changing Scene Theatre Northwest,

“The Changing Scene Theatre Northwest will hold an encore performance of their current show, the World premiere of Scott Gibson’s “Six Sour Raspberries,” Saturday, Sept. 12, at 7 p.m.

“It is with much sorrow that we report that it is to be the last performance in our little black box space on Highway 303 unless circumstances change significantly.   Many of you have been aware of our struggles to stay open in this difficult economy.  The owner of our building generously helped us the past several months by reducing our rent, which allowed us to continue to weather this financial storm, while the owner searched for tenants who can afford the rent.  We have not been given our 30 days notice yet, but all indications tell us that this is imminent.

“Since we do not have another show ready to rehearse and perform, our best bet at this point is to have a final performance of “Six Sour Raspberries,” an exceptional show that embodies our mission, and a farewell party for anyone who wishes to attend.   Tickets to the performance will be free, as will be the party afterward (if you are involved with another production in the area, please come by after your performance … we would love to see you, and have you spend some time in our little playhouse that could!)   We will ask for any kind donations you wish to make to help support our move to a storage unit in preparation for whatever the future holds for The Changing Scene.   We promise each of you to live up to our name, and make a Change to a new Scene as quickly as we can.   We welcome any leads on new performance spaces any of you may have.

“Thank you all for your continued support!  We are grieving already for the loss of our space that has shown nine original full-length plays, 32 original one-act plays in 7 “Summerplay” productions (plus public readings of countless others), 11 edgy and innovative published works, eight Shakespeare productions, two adaptations of the Classics, two musicals (one original), one original children’s production, two staged reading series, three productions off-site of Shakespeare in the Park, and three productions at The Panda Inn, for a total of 48 productions of over 70 plays since our first production in October of 2002.

“Please come to the performance on Saturday, Sept. 12, and/or the party afterward, and help us celebrate the success of our past and hope for our future!

Thank you,

The Board of Directors of The Changing Scene Theatre Northwest:

Pavlina Morris (Founder, President, Artistic Director)  Involved since incorporation in 2002

Briana Osborne (Vice-President) Involved since “The Taming of the Shrew” in 2005

Darren Hembd (Secretary, Treasurer) Involved since “Twelfth Night” in 2003

Kyle Boynton (Board Member) Involved since “The Taming of the Shrew” in 2005

Rachel Cummings (Board Member) Involved since “Summerplay 2005”

Kenadi Lewis (Board Member) Involved since “As You Like It” in 2006

Jane “Maggi” Brazell (Board Member) Friend of The Changing Scene since 2006

Bill Smith (Board Member on Leave) Involved since “Summerplay 2006”

If you have any leads about a possible new performance space for CSTN, please include them in a comment and we’ll pass them along.

More later …  — MM

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