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Encore for Cd'A Summer Theatre

After 2-month shutdown, nonprofit to return in 2014

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Posted: Saturday, October 26, 2013 12:00 am

COEUR d'ALENE - Coeur d'Alene Summer Theatre is about to come back to life.

The resurrection follows a two-month shutdown of the theater's operations.

Local theater producer and former CST executive director, Laura Little, told The Press Friday that after meeting Wednesday with the CST board, she agreed to return to the executive director's position.

"We're going to work really fast and really hard to pull together the 2014 season," Little said.

Citing a budget deficit driven by lackluster ticket sales, the 46-year-old nonprofit professional performing arts organization's board suspended the theater's operations in August, following the final performance of the season. At that time, the board also severed ties with its two full-time employees, longtime artistic director Roger Welch, and Michelle Mendez, the executive director.

It was disclosed last summer that CST needed $150,000 to break even for the season. An ensuing fundraising effort quickly brought in $58,000, just prior to the board's decision to close the theater down.

Little said those donations will go toward paying for a new season of shows produced on a smaller budget.

It will be smaller season in a smaller venue.

CST won't be producing its traditional four summer shows in 2014, Little said.

And they're moving the shows from North Idaho College's Schuler Performing Arts Center to the Salvation Army's Kroc Center. The Kroc venue, with 400 seats compared to NIC's 1,100 seats, is less expensive to rent, Little said.

Little confirmed that actor Jadd Davis, who hails from Post Falls, will serve as the organization's artistic director.

She said they expect to finalize the 2014 season's slate of shows within the next few days, and work out other details of the revived theater company.

"I won't be dealing with past issues. We'll just move forward," Little said.

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  • Heartstar25 posted at 12:37 pm on Mon, Oct 28, 2013.

    Heartstar25 Posts: 53

    This is so transparent it smells. I am very disappointed with a phony closure, pleas for community donations and now suddenly they are just fine, have new staff and venue and everything is back on track.

  • Fly in the ointment posted at 8:12 pm on Sun, Oct 27, 2013.

    Fly in the ointment Posts: 606

    We donated. I'm glad they're at least trying. We look forward to the Kroc's venue.

    It's closer to home and FAR better parking. >EG<

  • AmyR posted at 1:26 am on Sun, Oct 27, 2013.

    AmyR Posts: 1

    Considering that those of that donated towards that $58,000 did so in good faith that it was going to save the current CST company, this is FRAUD.

    Pretending to dissolve the company just so you can fire everybody and change the venue and leadership is NOT what I donated money for.

    I wonder if we should be considering a lawsuit against the board.

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