Bemidji Community Theater seeks funds to offset renovation expenditures

The group theater has had no product sales from the plays they would commonly have held this year, and as a result have experienced no earnings due to the fact their manufacturing of “Murder Ahoy” in February.

“This 12 months has been a complicated calendar year for all of us,” BCT mentioned in a release. “We have been in the past 7 days of rehearsal for our children’s musical, ‘Treasure Island,’ and ended up established to open up March 20. With a forged of 30 (most of them young children), there was pleasure in the air. Then came COVID and the lockdown. After all the work and cost of the musical, we experienced to terminate all performances. The children have been very dissatisfied. As the lockdown continued, we had to terminate our Could manufacturing of ‘Trip to Bountiful,’ our summer season theater camp (established for the 1st two weeks in June), and the late summer season small enjoy for little ones.”

BCT was started out in December 1981 by a group of close friends who recorded “A Xmas Carol” to be broadcast above the radio. Given that then, plays have been performed in a variety of destinations all-around Bemidji, rising from 1 exhibit a 12 months to their pre-coronavirus lineup of 5 demonstrates each year, the release said.

The organization acquired its to start with-ever dwelling in September 2018, the former dwelling of Reserve Planet, in downtown Bemidji. They have since been renovating the retail space, developing storage areas, dressing rooms, a make-up area, stitching space, scenery store and performance area.

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“Our previous rental phase is no more time viable, so it is imperative that our residence has a functionality area by the time we are allowed to open up,” the release said. “There are a multitude of metropolis regulations that must be achieved to be equipped to have an viewers: a handicap accessible restroom, a handicap available dressing room, sprinkler technique, multiple escape routes from all floors, and many others.”
Regrettably, the firm are unable to keep any fundraising gatherings owing to COVID-19 rules, in buy to offset the renovation expenditures. Before in the summertime, they held an on line silent auction, which attained $2,468. Having said that, renovations are a great deal additional than that amount of money, the launch reported.

A GoFundMe was made in August to assistance elevate some extra funds, but their goal of $25,000 is still much from becoming achieved. The GoFundMe can be found at

“Any enable you could give our non-financial gain team would be considerably appreciated,” the release claimed. “Hope you see you ‘on the boards’ soon!”

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