Arkansas Repertory Theatre planning 2019 season
LITTLE ROCK (KATV) —
After financial woes threatened the future of the Arkansas Repertory Theatre, the show will go on!
They're now in the beginning stages of planning their 2019 season after suspending operations in April.
The newly-elected chairwoman, Ruth Shepherd, telling KATV they’re extremely thankful and blessed for the donations.
"We have had an outpouring of support and we have received over 1,000 donations, totaling over $500,000 and that money has all been matched by the Windgate Foundation and the John and Robyn Horn Foundation,” said Shepherd. “So we are not out of the woods, but we can see the path forward."
The 2019 seasons guarantees at least six productions, with the potential for secondary productions in between.
"It's been a rollercoaster, when the board voted to take a brief intermission last April it was a very low point, very scary, very demoralizing point,” said Shepherd. “But it's been pretty much uphill in terms of excitement since then because immediately people started reaching out to us."
Typically, the season begins in Fall, but with a later start this year you can expect to see the Rep's first production sometime after the first of the year.
While enough was raised to continue producing shows, The Rep is still a little less than $2 million short of their $3.6 million goal.
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