Pittsfield kicks off campaign for theater

Posted Jan. 21, 2009, at 8:18 p.m.

PITTSFIELD, Maine — The group working to raise funds to renovate the Pittsfield Community Theater is kicking off its capital campaign with a concert by comedian Bob Marley.

Jason Judd of the fundraising committee said Tuesday that the group will be working with area businesses and private residents to raise money to not only remodel the theater, but also to make necessary safety and structural improvements. Throughout the process, Judd said, the history of the theater will be carefully preserved.

“Some of the largest improvements to the theater include repairing the roof, replacing or updating the seats, updating the sound and visual equipment, and making appropriate safety adjustments,” Judd said.

Although the theater temporarily closed in November after the roof was deemed unsound, the Town Council awarded the contract Tuesday night to a Newport firm, Bowman Bros. Inc., and work is expected to be completed by April.

Judd said the capital campaign will begin with Marley’s concert Friday, Jan. 30, at Millennium event center in Palmyra. Marley will be performing at 8 p.m. followed by dancing from 10 to midnight by DJ Jaceman.

Tickets are available for $25 at the Pittsfield town office and Bud’s Shop ’n Save in Pittsfield.

Judd said the committee will continue to raise funds, collecting private and business donations, and writing grants to fund the necessary repairs.

Donations can be made to the Town of Pittsfield c/o Pittsfield Community Theatre, 112 Somerset Ave., Pittsfield 04967.

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