Thursday, February 12, 2009

North Shore Music Theatre fundraising makes progress

A "Save Our Theatre" campaign for North Shore Music Theatre in Beverly is making headway, allowing for fund-raising efforts to continue into April.

Theater officials have said $500,000 is needed in the short term and a total of $4 million by late spring for the theater to reopen for another season.

A benefit performance and auction event at Danversport Yacht Club Tuesday attracted 650 people and raised $45,000, bringing the total raised since December to more than $300,000.

More is expected from two fund-raisers in New York tomorrow and Tuesday.

The theater closed after its performance season ended Jan. 11. All 57 employees were laid off.

A volunteer committee of trustees, former employees, alumni, and parents has organizedfund-raising.

Officials said in December that the tough economy, lower-than-expected tickets sales and donations, and a 2005 fire contributed to the closure.