Two shows added to roster despite falling short of fundraising goal for The Capitol Theatre

January 14, 2012|By ROXANN MILLER |
  • Participants take part in a cornhole tournament Saturday at The Capitol Theatre Center in Chambersburg, Pa.
By Roxann Miller

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. — The show will go on for The Capitol Theatre despite failing to reach its annual fundraising goal, theater operations manager Linda Boeckman said Saturday.

Boeckman said organizers were $18,000 shy of reaching their Dec. 31, 2011, goal of $100,000.

"We did not meet our fundraising goal this year. So we are going to have to find $18,000 for 2012," she said. "We're such a bare bones staff anyway (that) cutting staff is not feasible and cutting hours is not feasible. We're going to need sponsorships for shows."

Boeckman said shows would not be cut because the theater needs the constant cash flow to operate.

In fact, two shows were added to the roster — "Rhythm of the Dance" on Monday, Feb. 27, at 7 p.m. and "The Artie Shaw Orchestra" on Wednesday, May 2, at 7 p.m.

"We're hoping with the two shows, sponsorships for some of our shows and good fiscal management that we can recoup the $18,000," Boeckman said.

Boeckman blamed not meeting the theater's fundraising goal on competition from other local organizations that were running campaigns at the same time.

The theater's annual operating budget is $500,000, Boeckman said.

"It's a very large facility, and it's just expensive to operate. Our utility bills are high," she said.

Currently, the theater operates on oil heat.

But on Tuesday, work begins on installing a more energy-efficient heat pump in the historic theater, Boeckman said.

Saturday's third annual Cornhole Tournament in the Wood Center on the second level of The Capitol Theatre Center couldn't have come at a better time.

"It's a fundraiser and a friend raiser. It is a lot of fun, and it is something very different for the space," Boeckman said.

The game with the unusual name typically generates about $1,000 for the theater through the $25 entry fee and a cash bar.

This year, 32 teams and 64 people participated in the event.

This is the third year that Josh Guerke, 41, has driven to the event from his home in Baltimore.

He puts together much larger cornhole tournaments in Baltimore, but said he prefers Chambersburg's event.

Even though the winner of the tournament earns a $100 cash prize, Guerke didn't even know there was a prize.

"I think we have more fun here. The tournaments I put together in Baltimore, nobody will come unless there's prize money. So that's why I love this, because people are here to support their town," he said.

Kim Domenick of Chambersburg sat on the sidelines watching as players launched their one-pound corn bags into the air trying to hit their designated 6-inch wooden hole on the other side of the room for a 21-point score.

"It's nice to see the downtown buildings being used. We kind of feel over the last couple of years our downtown has turned into less of a downtown," Domenick said. "It's more rentals and businesses that don't stay around for a long time. It's not what it used to be, but The Capitol Theatre still exists."

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