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HIGHLAND TOWN THEATRE PROJECT
Residents who have a hankering to help the Town Theatre get up and running are encouraged to check out a bevy of new committees. Some groups will aid in restoration while others will target postconstruction operations.
FUND-RAISING: Spearheads events and projects that generate immediate and long-term dollars to rehab and run the theatre.
MEMBERSHIP: Develops and launches a “Friends of the Theatre” program to cultivate interest and raise funds.
PUBLICITY & MARKETING: Creates social media opportunities to increase awareness of events germane to the theatre.
VOLUNTEER DEVELOPMENT: Supports every committee by tapping into the talents of local individuals and groups.
PROGRAMMING: Develops theatre performances that cater to the region and its interests.
OPERATIONS: Provides the technical expertise necessary to operate projection equipment.
MAINTENANCE: Provides general upkeep both inside and outside the building.
BECOME A MEMBER ...
With work continuing to refurbish
the town’s vintage movie house,
the Theatre Board is looking to the
community to support the project
by becoming a founding member.
Membership levels from $20 to $75 are available. Benefits include:
• Your name in the commemorative
Town Theatre Booklet
acknowledging your support.
• A VIP pass to an exclusive
Preview Event, including a tour of
the newly renovated theatre and
• Your personal invitation to the first
annual corporate meeting of the
• A complimentary decal to show
your support of the Town Theatre.
TOWN THEATRE BOARD MEMBERS
Keith Bruxvoort, retired Vice President of Finance
Strack & Van Til
Dawn Diamantopoulos, independent artist
Matt Domasica, Auditorium Coordinator, School Town of Highland
Dan Dunn: Communications Professor, Purdue Northwest
Michael Griffin: Town of Highland Clerk-Treasurer
Bruce Leep: Chairman Provision Theatre Company
professor at Trinity College
Michael Maloney: Former Highland Redevelopment chairman
Tracy Oprea, PACE registred paralegal, O’Neill McFadden & Willett
Mary Shelton, Assistant Vice President Business Development
Branch Manager, Centier Bank
Town Council Representatives:Dan Vassar and Bernie Zemen
Legal Team: Rhett Tauber and Carol Green-Fraley.
MAIN STREET VOLUNTEERS: Are working to increase theatre memberships, recruiting volunteers to assist with theatre operations and researching grant opportunities to reduce the town’s share of the construction and operational costs. Want to volunteer? Call Cecile Petro at (219) 972-7598 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
TOWN THEATRE BOARD OFFICERS
President Dawn Diamantopoulos
Vice President Bruce Leep
Secretary Tracy Oprea
Treasurer Keith Bruxvoort
Morris Architects to complete final phase of design work
At the Highland Redevelopment Commission’s regular meeting Sept. 14, the Commissioners authorized Morris Architects and Planners of Chicago to complete the final phase of the design work, which will provide the blueprints and specifications for the contractor bidding process and construction of the theatre.
The Commissioners reviewed the completed second phase of the design work and the associated projected cost of work update.
The projected costs at the conclusion of Phase II are consistent with the previously discussed $1.9 million to $2.5 million range including the specialized furniture, fixtures and equipment for the theater.
The improved and expanded theater will feature a new 332-seat auditorium space and a 1,000-square-foot stage for live performances, which will complement the tradition of quality movies, complete with intermissions and cake, that the region’s loyal Town Theatre patrons and 530+ founding member donors know and love.
The historic marquee, façade and original lobby entrance portions of the building will be retained, and will be complemented by an additional 4,000 square feet of space, provided by the two buildings to the north of the theater, which will double the size of the old theater building, and will house a new concessions and lounge space, new ADA accessible restrooms, dressing rooms and an event room that can host private events or alternate programming in addition to the main theater auditorium.
The completion of the final phase of the design work and the subsequent bid phase and review of bids are scheduled for later this fall.
The renovated Town Theatre is featured as a centerpiece in redevelopment planning aimed at attracting complementary private development for a vibrant, mixed use, arts and entertainment themed expansion of downtown Highland.
Theatre plans call for a new 332-seat auditorium
with 1,000-sqaure-foot stage for live performances
PHASE 1 WORK: xxxxxxxx
ON THE AIR: xxxxxxxx