Final Curtain Call for Charleston Stage Company

By: WSAZ News Staff
By: WSAZ News Staff

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- The Board of The Charleston Stage Company (CSC) has voted to end the operation of the company at the conclusion of the 2013 season, according to a press release

The group says for nearly two decades CSC has enjoyed the resources and security of West Virginia State University’s College of the Arts and Humanities. Unfortunately, due to administrative changes within the College of Arts and Sciences, the company had to leave the campus and fend for itself as an independent entity.

The CSC says with the backing of the university, the company had the unique position of developing public taste through exciting theater experiences.

The release goes on to say that as funds began to diminish, previously subsidized expenses fell into the lap of CSC. More and more money was used to cover rent, copyright fees, costumes, props, and others.

As a result, the Board recognized that without a reliable home, sufficient investment of money, in-kind resources and volunteer time the Charleston Stage Company could not continue as Charleston’s only professional theatre company.

According to the release, during the 2012-2013 season, the Board sent out SOS letters to current and past technical staff, season ticket holders, audience members, potential sponsors, and actors outlining the growing difficulties of the CSC.

Additionally the full Board participated in a series of “hold-your-feet-to-the-fire” seminars, offered by the West Virginia Division of Culture and History, to find a solution to stay afloat. It was through these seminars that brought many of the issues to light.

The final board meeting of the Charleston Stage Company will take place on July 2nd at 6pm at Good News Mountaineer Garage at 221 Hale Street . Members of the Charleston community are duly invited to attend.

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