Second City helps out |

Second City helps out

When the Chicago-based Second City comedy troupe takes the stage at the Nevada Theatre on Saturday night, its performance will literally tear down the walls.

That’s because box office profits from their show, “Truth, Justice or The American Way,” will be donated to the theater’s maintenance fund, which will help pay for badly needed safety and infrastructure improvements.

Since early 2005, the Nevada Theatre Commission, which operates the theater and rents it out to the companies that perform there, has spearheaded a drive to raise $250,000 for new fire sprinkler and heating systems. Since the drive began, the commission has raised $180,000.

According to commission Board Director Kim James, the improvements are long overdue.

“We knew we couldn’t go through too many winters with the system that we have,” James said.

Nevada City Fire Chief Sam Goodspeed said a 24-hour fire monitoring system in the theater can help prevent a catastrophic fire in the historic district like the one that destroyed the Elks Building in March 2002.

“Typically, fires happen late at night. A fire alarm monitoring system can go a long way in stopping a fire when no one’s around,” Goodspeed said.

“Truth, Justice and The American Way” features comic takes on everything from current events to modern family life.

Since Second City opened its doors in Chicago in 1959, it has spawned the careers of many comics, including Bill Murray, Tina Fey and Steve Carell.

Two shows will be offered at 6 and 9 p.m. Saturday. Tickets cost $35 in advance and $40 at the door. Tickets are available at The Nevada Theatre, 401 Broad St., and Mountain Pastimes, 320 Spring St.,, also in Nevada City. For more information, call 265-6692.

The Nevada Theatre Commission will be part of NCTV’s “Day of Giving” Telethon, also on Saturday.


To contact Staff Writer Jill Bauerle, e-mail or call 477-4219.

If you want

to help

The Nevada Theatre Commission will be part of NCTV’s “Day of Giving” Telethon, also on Saturday (See story on Page 1 of this edition). To make a pledge, call NCTV at 478-1174.

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