In a message to its supporters today, the Huntsville Theatre Company (HTC) announced that it is in search of a new home. It has been performing in Chaffey Hall under a rental agreement with the Lions Club of Huntsville.
“The HTC’s Board of Directors is grateful to the Lions Club of Huntsville (Huntsville Lions) for renting Chaffey Hall to us,” wrote the theatre company’s president, Veronica Leonard. “It has enabled HTC to give birth to a theatre company that has provided nearly 40 productions since its first production at Chaffey Hall in 2012. HTC has become the only theatre company in Muskoka providing year-round live theatre.”
She said that the Lions’ “new vision for the space will limit HTC’s ability to continue to provide the community with six productions a season and the Theatre is My Passion after school children’s program.”
Last year, the relationship between the Lions and the theatre company turned sour (see links to those stories below), which Leonard acknowledged in her release. “It is no secret that HTC and the Huntsville Lions have had issues with the lease and with maintaining an amicable working relationship. We tried working with the Lions to find a solution for the best use of Chaffey Hall, which would have allowed both organizations to continue to serve our community. Despite our efforts to work towards that solution, HTC feels this decision is the necessary next step as the company continues to grow.”
HTC will finish its 2016/2017 season at The Studio Theatre at Chaffey Hall with two productions. Mending Fences runs May 5-14; Reel Music runs May 19-20. The theatre company is currently looking for an alternate location for the Theatre is My Passion children’s program’s performance in June.
“We are excited to turn the page on this new chapter for HTC,” said Leonard. “We cannot wait to start looking for a new home that is completely ours.”
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