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St. Croix Valley Summer Theatre Takes a Hiatus

JUNE 6, 2008--After 41 years of producing summer theater productions for audiences in the St. Croix region, the St. Croix Valley Summer Theatre program will take a two-year hiatus while renovations to its prior home, the Kleinpell Fine Arts building at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls, are underway.

The Kleinpell Fine Arts building will undergo a major ventilation project renovation during summers 2008 and 2009. Offices and departments within the College of Arts and Sciences have been relocated as well.  

"Originally we had planned to produce a season during the summer of 2008, however, ... it has become clear through a series of discussions with the project manager and others from facilities management that because the building ... will be vacated for both summers, a 2008 summer season would be counterproductive to our program," wrote staff of the communication studies and theater arts department in a letter sent this spring to SCVST supporters and patrons. "While it is true that there are ways to have a one-show season, when we investigated the possibilities of other performance spaces around the community we did not feel these options were financially o r logistically workable for the program."

SCVST staff said they see the hiatus as an opportunity to regroup and re-energize the program. "During a hiatus we could do what we have never been able to do as well as we might have wanted in the 41 years of SCVST--really, really have time to think and plan," they wrote in the letter. "It is our goal to return ... for the summer of 2010 with a vital summer theater program that will be situated to operate well into the future."

Robin Murray, chairperson of the CSTA department, a professor of theater, and a former managing director of SCVST, said: "We envision a well-planned program--one that is sustainable long after the current faculty is gone. We envision a program that is an asset to the university, our theater program, and the St. Croix Valley community--a program that current students, high school students, community members and faculty will want to participate in."

For more information contact Murray at 715-425-3971.


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