Cottage Theatre One Of Several Arts Organizations To Receive Grant

Aug 14, 2018

A community theatre in Cottage Grove will be remodeling soon, helped in part by a $40,075 grant.

A scene from the current Cottage Theatre production, "Treehouse".
Credit Matt Emrich / Cottage Theatre

The Oregon Cultural Trust has awarded money to a number of organizations, including Cottage Theater.

Its executive director, Susan Goes, says they’ll use their award to upgrade technical and safety features, improve visibility for audiences, and add 50 new seats.

Joel Ibanez, director of the June 2018 production of "The Crucible" oversees an early rehearsal.
Credit Brian Bull / KLCC

“We have about 80 performances annually, so if you multiply those 80 performances by 50 extra seats, there’s the opportunity for 4000 more people every year to enjoy what Cottage Theatre has to offer,” Goes tells KLCC.

“And right now, Cottage Theatre pulls 70 percent of our audience from outside city limits, so that is good for the Cottage Grove economy as well.”

Goes says projected costs for remodeling may run up to $2 million.  She says they’ll launch a fundraising campaign to build on the grant.

Cottage Theater began in 1982. It was moved into its current facility in 1998.

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