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Cottage Theatre One Of Several Arts Organizations To Receive Grant

Matt Emrich
Cottage Theatre

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

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.

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

“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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Brian Bull is an assistant professor of journalism at the University of Oregon, and remains a contributor to the KLCC news department. He began working with KLCC in June 2016.   In his 27+ years as a public media journalist, he's worked at NPR, Twin Cities Public Television, South Dakota Public Broadcasting, Wisconsin Public Radio, and ideastream in Cleveland. His reporting has netted dozens of accolades, including four national Edward R. Murrow Awards (22 regional),  the Ohio Associated Press' Best Reporter Award, Best Radio Reporter from  the Native American Journalists Association, and the PRNDI/NEFE Award for Excellence in Consumer Finance Reporting.
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