Theater group still seeking donations to fix roof

Theater group still seeking donations to fix roof

DANVILLE — The Red Mask Players have raised about half of the nearly $50,000 the theater group needs to replace the roof on the Kathryn Randolph Theater, but the work needs to begin soon.

"We need to keep the building sound and without the roof overhead, everything else doesn't really matter," said Ed DeVore, past president of the Red Mask board. "That has become the No. 1 priority."

Last November, members of the theater group noticed a leak in the roof of the 100-year-old building, and after calling around to contractors, DeVore said, Sentry Roofing came out, found the problem and repaired it. But it was obvious it was time to replace the 20-year-old roof on the theater, which was originally a church.

The community theater group, which is going into its 79th season this fall, has had its own building since 1962 when Red Mask took over the current building at 601 N. Vermilion St., Danville.

Sue Harden, current board president, said the group has made the down payment toward a new roof and continuing to raise money for the other half. She said there's been a very good response from the community so far.

DeVore said there are many other improvements the group would like to make to the building, and many that have been done in recent years, including new theater seating, updated heating and cooling system and an accessibility ramp.

Future improvements on the wish list include an updated marquee and renovated stage, but the roof is the priority.

Almost all of Red Mask's revenue comes from season memberships and ticket sales for the shows. DeVore said the group has tried to keep membership and ticket prices affordable, with two increases in the last 10 years.

So, Red Mask has reached out across the community to meet this building need rather than just relying on revenue from membership and patrons, he said.

On the Red Mask Players website is a copy of the letter that the group sent out in brochures to individuals, organizations and businesses in the community asking for monetary help with the roof.

"So we are asking for everyone's help, so we can continue offering what we offer to the community," he said.

Harden and DeVore said they've also been seeking grants, and the Vermilion Healthcare Foundation and Iroquois Federal have awarded them funds for the roof project.

As a 501c3 organization, DeVore said, any donation is tax deductible and can be sent to the Red Mask Players at P.O. Box 814, Danville, IL 61834-0814.

Upcoming shows

Adult Show: "A Streetcar Named Desire." Auditions at 7 p.m. Sept. 14-15 at Kathryn Randolph Theater. Performances Nov. 6-8 and 13-15.

Kids Show: "Beauty and the Beast," Sept. 11-13

Box office opens 45 minutes before each performance. No reserved seating or reservations. Tickets $5 per person for all ages.

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