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Struggling theater company seeks new ideas to stay afloat

Business and civic leaders, elected officials and the general public will meet at 1 p.m. today at City Hall in Nevada City to discuss the fate of the Foothill Theatre Company, which must raise at least $90,000 in the next two weeks or face closure.

The venue of the meeting was changed to City Hall from the county Superintendent of Schools office because of the interest generated since Friday, when The Union reported that the 32-year-old performing arts institution faced a financial crisis.

“The comments that have come into the office have all been very supportive,” said Lowell Robertson, president of the company’s board. “Now we have to find out if that’s going to translate into action.”

If Foothill Theatre – the county’s only resident professional company – cannot raise $90,000 in the next two weeks and an additional $157,000 by year’s-end, it will be forced to shut down.

The meeting at City Hall’s council chambers, 317 Broad St. in the historic downtown, will address the company’s current financial condition, how and why it got there and a business plan to prevent a recurrence. The meeting will be led by Robertson; Karen Marinovich, executive director, and Carolyn Howarth, artistic director.

Seating is limited, and people are asked to call the company’s business office at 265-9320 before noon today to reserve a seat.

Foothill Theatre also has launched a “Save the Foothill Theatre Campaign.” People can call 265-9320 or mail their donation to Foothill Theatre Company, P.O. Box 1812, Nevada City, Ca. 95959.

n What: Meeting to discuss the fate of Foothill Theatre Company

n When: 1 p.m. today

n Where: City Hall in Nevada City

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