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Other Voices: Wishing the best for the Foothill Theatre Company

In 1972 my late partner, David Osborn and I purchased the Miners Foundry for the purpose of creating a cultural and civic center for Nevada City and Nevada County. Many grand endeavors and individuals were nurtured and featured there, which at the time was known as The American Victorian Museum.

To name a few, Paul Perry and Terry Brown began performing on a regular basis at the Foundry, later going on to found Music In the Mountains. David and I co-founded KVMR which later outgrew the quarters available at the Foundry and moved across the street to a larger facility.

Shortly after our initial launch of public events a talented, highly motivated group of people began working hard at the Foundry to create the Foothill Theatre Company. People like Diane and Ralph Fetterly, Bruce and Leslie West, John and Sherry Driscoll, Tim and Kathy Dugan, Michael Baranowski, David Painter and Sharon Winegar, George Cloud (Griep), Tom Taylor Sandra Rockman, Richard Howell, Keith Bailey, Kit Cole Hattem (Holden), Larry Pitts were among the first wave within of committed artists and volunteers.

The productions were wonderful ranging from Pygmalion to Macbeth, the latter show precipitating a fabulous set that occupied almost all of the Great Hall.

David Osborn and I were also among the first 17 members of the Liberal Arts Commission, later known as it is today, the Nevada Theatre Commission. The goal there was to take ownership of the building, then in private hands, and help it move forward to become a center for the performing arts in Nevada County. With the help of many, many community members we were successful and today it houses the Foothill Theatre Company, as it has for more than twenty years.

It was with great sadness that I learned of the financial problems now besetting the Foothill Theatre Company. I salute the many community members and organizations that have stepped forward to help them continue their good work in our town.

I give the highest marks also to the Nevada Theater Commission, community custodians of the Nevada Theatre, for their recent generous offer to help keep the Foothill Theatre Company alive and well in Nevada City.

The Nevada Theatre like many of our nonprofit organizations is currently experiencing an increased difficulty in fundraising to support their worthy respective projects. The offer from the Nevada Theatre Commission to reduce the rent charged the Foothill Theatre Company by $1,000 per month through the balance of this year is most generous. I greatly appreciate it.

My best wishes go out to the Foothill Theatre Company and the Nevada Theatre Commission as they strive to keep things afloat and continue to provide the great offerings we have all enjoyed here in Nevada City for so many years.

Charles Woods

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