Foothill Theatre receives $50,000 gift |

Foothill Theatre receives $50,000 gift

The Foothill Theatre Company in Nevada City received quite a gift in celebrating its 30th anniversary – $50,000 from Frank and Lavonne Amaral, getting the theater company well on its way to meeting its fundraising goal this year.

“We set a goal to raise $300,000 this year and Frank and Lavonne’s very generous gift brings us to 40 percent of that goal,” said board of directors’ president Cheri Flanigan. “We thank them for their wonderful support of the arts in our community.”

Foothill Theatre Company, founded in 1977, has grown through the years in prestige and scope. Today, its $1 million budget helps produce a season of diverse plays, provides student matinees to thousands of students who come from neighboring counties, and continues to produce the Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival (at Sand Harbor) and the Sierra Shakespeare Festival (at Grass Valley).

A new venture is Studio FTC, which gives children, students and adults the opportunity to study with FTC’s artistic staff. It’s newest play, “Strange Sightings in the Great Southwest,” opens Friday with a special gala celebration (see today’s Prospector for details).

Avid supporters of the arts, the Amarals even have a building named after them: The Amaral Family Festival Center at the Nevada County Fairgrounds in Grass Valley, which is where Music in the Mountains has it indoors concerts.

“We support the arts in our county because they make our community such a joy to live in,” said Lavonne Amaral. “Foothill Theatre is a premier organization in the arts.”


To contact staff writer Pam Jung, e-mail or call 477-4232.

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