WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - Thalian Association has now raised enough money to reopen the Red Barn Studio Theatre.
In July, an anonymous donor gave the theater company a $10,000 match gift to jump start a fundraising effort.
Thalian Association launched a "Barn-Raising" campaign to raise the matching $10,000 by the deadline of August 31. The group surpassed its goal.
The money will be used to renovate and operate the Red Barn Studio Theatre on South Third Street. Updates will include new seating and a lobby renovation.
In June, actress Linda Lavin and her husband Steve Bakunas donated the use of the Red Barn to Thalian Association. It will be used for children's theater programming and a summer season of plays.
"We are amazed by the support and generosity from the community that made our dream a reality," said Susan Habas, Managing Director of Thalian Association, in a news release. "Heartfelt thanks to the anonymous donor and everyone who made a contribution to the Red Barn Studio Theatre Challenge. The reopening of the Red Barn is important for the entire community as it creates more opportunity for quality live theater in the Cape Fear region."
The Red Barn will reopen in November with the Wilmington premiere of the play Other Desert Cities by Jon Robin Baitz. Linda Lavin was in the original cast when the play premiered Off-Broadway in 2011.
If you would still like to donate to the Red Barn Studio Theatre "Barn-Raising" Fund, mail checks payable to Thalian Association to P.O. Box 1111, Wilmington, NC 28402. Online donations can be made here.
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