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Foothill Theatre to have board meeting Thursday

Soumitro Sen and Trina Kleist
Staff Writers

The board members of the Foothill Theatre Company will meet at 2 p.m. Thursday at the Miners Foundry to discuss where the company will be located for the rest of the year.

The board was scheduled to discuss its future venue at a special meeting Monday, but members opted to wait until the Nevada Theatre Commission had its Monday meeting, FTC Executive Director Karen Marinovich said Monday. In addition, too few board members are in town until Thursday to meet the quorum, she added.

Lowell Robertson, board president of the Foothill Theatre Company, communicated Monday with Nevada Theatre Commission President Jim Dobbs about the troupe’s long-term future venue, Robertson said.

“The Nevada Theatre Commission had a meeting today in which the relationship and contracts with Foothill Theatre Company were discussed,” Robertson. “They made some resolutions regarding those contractual agreements, and there needs to be further clarification.”

Foothill Theatre Company is Nevada Theatre’s biggest tenant, occupying about 70 percent of the historic building on Broad Street downtown. But the Nevada Theatre Commission recently issued a notice of default to the acting company because the troupe failed to pay its August rent of about $4,600.

As of Monday, donors have contributed more than $88,000 to Foothill Theatre Company’s campaign to raise $90,000, allowing the financially strapped troupe to keep the doors open and mount “On Golden Pond.”

The company will dedicate half of the donations it receives “to making sure the people who have stuck with us and have been great, get paid,” Robertson said. “We’re making every attempt to get all of our small, local vendors current, and we will attempt to be on a cash basis as we go forward. We do not want any more debt.”

The next play will be mounted at the Broad Street Furnishings Building down the street instead of at the Nevada Theatre.

Robertson described the venue as “a one-shot deal” that is expected to conclude in October before a potential deal closes to occupy the building. Owners of California Organics, a grocery store located on Argall Way in Nevada City’s Seven Hills district, are considering moving into that building in the fall.

To contact Soumitro Sen, e-mail or call 477-4229. To contact City Editor Trina Kleist, e-mail or call 477-4230.

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