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Help Off Broadstreet theater get back on its feet with donation

So many of us are suffering from the destruction of our landmark Elks Lodge building, and need only glance in the direction of downtown to realize our horrific loss. While we grieve for each of the building’s occupants, we are particularly saddened by the devastation of the Off Broadstreet theater.



Off Broadstreet is not just another theater. It’s a symbol of something that all of its patrons, supporters and friends hold dear – the American dream. Jan and John, through their vision and perseverance, birthed and nurtured something they both felt compelled to create and share – a professionally presented community theater experience that is uplifting, positively entertaining, intimately engaging, and ultimately treasured by all who attend.




Without exception, each production – many of them John’s original works – offered us an opportunity to leave our daily cares behind. We laughed, cried, sang along, and rocked together as one – shoulder to shoulder, totally caught up in a string of moments that always ended just a little too soon. The songs were familiar, the dialogue heartfelt, the talent extraordinary, and the characters triumphant over all odds – just like Jan and John.

Now they must watch as the walls of their theater home come down, knowing that while personal property and irreplaceable memorabilia were lost, they also suddenly and without warning lost their very livelihood.

So, if you have ever had the special benefit – even the blessing – of attending an Off Broadstreet production, and are asking yourself “What can I do to help them get back on their feet?” – I have a quick and easy suggestion for you:

Show your appreciation and thanks in a very tangible way: take one minute right now to make out a check to Off Broadstreet theater for $15 – or more if you can – mark it “donation,” stick it in an envelope addressed to: Jan and John, 12816 Butterfly Drive, Nevada City 95959.

Let them know how much Off Broadstreet means to you, and that their dream will live on – because their friends and supporters wouldn’t let it be any other way.

Caryl and Gary Barnes

Nevada City


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