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HIGHLAND TOWN THEATRE PROJECT
THEATRE BOARD ROLLS OUT TIMELINE
A full-court press is on to retrofit the vintage Town Theatre to restore its beauty and function. There are three organizations working on the project with an ambitious plan to reopen the theatre late summer or early fall 2016 – the Redevelopment Commission, Theatre Board and Highland Main Street.
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.
Refurbishing the Town Theatre began in mid-March when the seats were unbolted from the floor. Eight seats were salvaged and will be retrofitted and put on display. The rest had mold and were too badly damaged to be saved. [ Josh Carlascio photos]
TOWN THEATRE BOARD MEMBERS
Keith Bruxvoort: retired Vice President of Finance, Strack & Van Til; Robin Carlascio: Partner/Owner The Idea Factory, Dunes National Park Association Treasurer; Bridget DeYoung: operations manager ESPH; Dawn Diamantopoulos, independent artist; Dan Dunn: Communications Professor, Purdue Calumet; 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; Town Council Representatives:Dan Vassar and Bernie Zemen; Legal Team: Rhett Tauber and Carol Green-Fraley.
REDEVELOPMENT COMMISSION: Has taken charge of the bricks-and-mortar.Through their efforts, the theatre has been cleaned out and the ceiling removed. Next up: a decision on the roof and whether it will be better to replace the entire roof or damaged sections. Interior and facade construction is slated to begin in late fall of this year.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS: Has begun the process of establishing a 501(c)3 not-for-profit corporation for theatre operations. Over the next six months, the group will be establishing operational rules, unveiling a website, planning additional fund-raisers and creating a job description for a theatre director and theatre assistant.
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 email@example.com.
TOWN THEATRE BOARD OFFICERS
President Bridget DeYoung
Vice President Dawn Diamantopoulos
Secretary Tracy Oprea
Treasurer Keith Bruxvoort