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Community Raising Funds to Reopen Brown Co. Playhouse

The curtains are still closed on the stage of a theater in Brown County. However, community leaders are trying to raise money to reopen the doors once again.

Community leaders are embracing the opportunity to reopen the Brown County Playhouse, which closed its doors in September 2010.

Indiana University owned the facility for more than sixty years. A local native and co-chair of the board, Suzannah Levett Zody, says what began as devastating news is now fueling efforts to renew the facility.

“The Playhouse had been a part of the community for so many years and it feeds our economic development engine,” Zody said. “The community has had very little access to this building over the years it was almost exclusively for IU Theater.”

The two-year campaign of raising $150,000 will assist in purchasing items for the Playhouse, such as a new sound system and lighting board.

Bob Kirlin, CEO, Brown County Community Foundation says the town can’t take another loss. “The community has lost The Little Opry and about 10 years ago lost Ski World,” Kirlin said.

Both had a large economic impact on the community. “We just felt like the community could not afford to lose another major venue in our community,” he said.

But first, the Playhouse Committee is planning a fundraising event with the IU Jacobs School of Music to help raise $60,000 in order to become full property owners.

Shameka Neely

Shameka Neely, a native of Nashville, Tennessee enthusiastically joined WTIU as Senior Reporter/ InFocus Producer in the news department. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Organizational and Corporate Communication, with a minor in Marketing and Masters of Arts Degrees' in Administrative Dynamics and Communication all from Western Kentucky University. Shameka also holds a Master of Arts degree in Journalism from Indiana University.

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