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101 C   J. Michaels Lane
Jeannette, PA 15644
724-527-7775
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Latrobe, PA 15650
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UPDATE
So...how far along is this glorious project?
Let's take it from the top, as they say in the biz.
A little bit of history--how we got here
A little bit of progress--where we are

In 1979 we opened the original CABARET THEATRE in a barn.

= Performance Venue
We lost our lease in 1985 and from then until now we have performed in many, many venues throughout Westmoreland County.
After 30 years of searching...we found a building we thought we could transform into a home for our theatre company in Latrobe, PA.  It had THREE FLOORS--enough room for us to "diversify" so that box office income would not be our only source of income to support our theatre.
So we, the family, lent the money to the corporation and bought the building for $25,000.  We closed the deal on August 13, 2015.
"At 72 years of age, I should have known better.  I know I should have known better and BJ should have known better, but he and I went ahead and did it anyway.  I retired from teaching after forty-seven years in the classroom and after over 30 years in construction, BJ's knees were deteriorating fast, but we threw caution to the winds and bought the building anyway. 

Why?  Because it's important.  It's important to our souls--we are artists and we need to create.  And there are other theatre artists in our region and they, too, need a home--a place where they can be serious about their respective crafts and grow better at what they do.

To what end?  How does "happiness" sound?  We artists are never happier than when we are creating.  And then...to present the creation to an audience and to make them laugh or cry or think...well, that's the icing on the cake, isn't it? 

But really...we should have known better, right?

Wrong!  Despite the many difficulties, we'd probably do it all over again."

  
We applied for and received our 501(c)(3) tax exempt status, effective September 2015 and The Cabaret Theatre, Inc. is now both a Pennsylvania Non-Profit Corporation as well as  United States 501(c)(3) tax exempt entity.
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We expected to get a building permit, install some restrooms and a stage and be off and running toward our goal of establishing a regional entertainment center.  So, to that end, we made drawings and submitted them to the City.​​  We knew we'd have to wait to do something with the upstairs, but oh...the downstairs!  To finally have a green room and dressing rooms and a shop and even a small performance space for concerts and cutting edge shows!!  It was a dream come true!

Ground Level

Lower Level

Upper Level

And so we began what repairs we were permitted to do while we awaited the Building Permit.
And we began to rehearse the first show...
...and we mailed a brochure
...and we designed a pamphlet
...and we sold season subscriptions
...and we established a GoFundMe Campaign
...and we did everything necessary to guarantee a June 2016 Opening
​But we never opened, because...
​Our plans did not satisfy City Codes.
It was the THREE FLOORS that did us in.

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Everything on the Inspector's list was "do-able" for us, except the very first one: 

1)  "...if we have an "A-1" use group on a floor other than the level of exit discharge, a sprinkler system is required. That is required regardless of the occupancy load.  There is a basement and a second floor.  2004 IBC 403.2.1.1 

THERE WAS NO GETTING AROUND IT IF WE WANTED TO USE THE WHOLE BUILDING, AND WE DID.  WE WANTED DRESSING ROOMS AND A SHOP AND STORAGE.  AND SO...WE NEEDED THE SPRINKLER SYSTEM. 

UNFORSEEN CIRCUMSTANCES


We had no idea that our building would need a Fire Suppression System on all three floors in order to get our occupancy permit.    But it did.  It does.   It came as a surprise...and yes, a shock.  But the paralyzing effects of the shock have now worn off and we are dealing with the details of what must be done.  The BIG detail is $118,000k--total cost of the project.  (It was much higher, but BJ got the local company to come down by abour $30,000. 



Still, it seems like a huge mountain, but we are  seasoned climbers, are we not?                             We'll make the climb, one step at a time...and we've taken the first step!

Yes, we have applied to County Office of Community Development for financial help, but we have no idea how long that will take.   We're good at waiting, but as the old saying warns, "it's not good to put all your eggs in one basket." So...we'll fundraise and fundraise and fundraise some more, until we get to where we need to be.


We are not the first theatre company to struggle and have setbacks and have to wait for funding.  If you have some time...about ten minutes or so...here is a video about the Steppenwolf Theatre Company that began in a church basement in Chicago.  We are inspired by them.

  


And so we are in a holding pattern, but we are not standing still.  No.  We are traveling two paths simultaneously.  The first one is to somehow generate the funding we need to continue the dream; the second one is to fine-tune the dream.  What kind of theatre company do we want?  How will we be distinctly different from every other theatre company?  Waiting is not easy, but it can be valuable.  ​​Here is the fruit of our patience:

THE KIND OF THEATRE WE WANT FOR OUR AUDIENCE:

Yes, it's true...all the world IS a stage and we've pretty much proved that by traveling here and there throughout the county to produce shows.

But now...

it's time...

for a stage...

in a building we can call home.

WHY?

Both
For
Our
AUDIENCE

and for

THEATRE ARTISTS

To produce theatre, there are three NECESSARY elements:
1.  Words
2.  Words
3.  Words

Words as they are written by the playwright...
Words as they are interpreted by the actors, designers, technicians...
Words as they are received by the audience...

Yes, the Audience is essential and therefore must be treated very, very well

When  you come to a show at  
THE CABARET THEATRE,
expect your importance to be
honored as it deserves to be.  YOU are the audience.  YOU are essential.  We need YOU.

You will enjoy cabaret-style seating and have plenty of leg room at your table where you will be able to enjoy a drink and snacks while  you enjoy the show.   And perhaps
even some entertainment after the show as well.  And we will find a way to  make it affordable for everyone!

Come to the Cabaret Theatre and expect to be treated royally.

THE KIND OF THEATRE WE WANT
FOR OUR ACTORS, TECHNICIANS,
AND DIRECTORS....Terrance Mann
putts it nicely...

​​We want a theatre where the  artistic personnel can play and grow and constantily fine-tune their skills.  

We want to choose plays and musicals that challenge the directors, the designers, and the actors. 


We do not want to be in competition with other local theatre companies.   We will have our own niche and what we do will only increase the number of fine theatre choices our region will have.

​​When will this happen?  All I can say is "in good time."  ​​
We'll keep our eyes on the prize and you keep your eyes on our progress.
  If Fundraising goes well, soon we'll meet inside THE CABARET THEATRE.


And that...
                               ...brings us to....(you knew it would)...
                                                ...the unpleasant task of asking for help.

ANYONE HAVE A SPARE STACK OF KRUGERRANDS COLLECTING DUST
AROUND THE HOUSE?








No Krugerrands?!?
​Oh, No-o-o-o-o!!!!!!

Fortunately, there are other ways to help us get to our goal.   Click on "Campaign" and check them out.

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