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Greensburg Civic Theatre seeks board members

Shirley McMarlin
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The Greensburg Greensburg Civic Theatre needs more board members and volunteers. Actors, like these in a production of 'Forever Plaid,' are also sought.
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Board members Rachel Painter and Barry Shirey use a few props as they pose for a photo at the Greensburg Civic Theatre's 65th Anniversary Gala, held at Ferrante's Lakeview in Hempfield on Nov. 19, 2016.

With its next production scheduled for October, the Greensburg Civic Theatre is seeking to replace six board members who have left in the past few months.

The group, which was founded in 1951, is also in need of other volunteers and financial support, says board vice president Barry Shirey of Ligonier.

There was no precipitating event for board members leaving, Shirey says.

The departures leave six remaining.

“It wasn’t a mass exodus,” he says. It was more the result of coincidental life events that led to members not being able to continue in their duties.

One had a job change and two others, a husband and wife, found themselves with increased family responsibilities, Shirey says.

The need for additional volunteers is just as crucial as the need for board members.

“We always can use more people, anybody who wants to be part of a show, even actors,” Shirey says. “It just seems to be harder than it used to be to find people.”

Shirey sees the hectic pace of modern life as one reason that people don’t have spare time for volunteer work. Another is the two-edged sword of the area’s healthy community theater scene.

With Stage Right, Apple Hill Playhouse, Theatre Factory, Split Stage Productions, Geyer Performing Arts Center and others all operating in the area, people and resources get spread out.

“There are a lot of different venues around the area to spend your money or give your time to,” Shirey says.

“With community theater, money is always a problem,” he adds. “You have to pay royalties, and it seems like the price of the main stage shows is almost out of reach for community theaters, especially the musicals.”

Greensburg Civic Theatre also pays directors and musicians a small stipend.

Each board member oversees an aspect of a production, whether it’s lighting, sound, set construction or something else.

“Evil Dead the Musical” is the first show on the fall schedule.

“The season might change if we don’t have the people,” Shirey says. “I don’t know that we’ve looked that far ahead yet. We want to do the best we can, because people pay good money to see a show.”

Anyone interested in volunteering should email board president Margaret Ryan at [email protected].

Shirley McMarlin is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach her at 724-836-5750, [email protected] or via Twitter @shirley_trib.

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