Glasgow Daily Times, Glasgow, KY

March 8, 2013

Lack of money closed theater

Glasgow Daily Times

HORSE CAVE — Efforts to save a Kentucky treasure have been unsuccessful.

Kentucky Repertory Theatre officials announced two weeks ago that the theater is closing its doors due to financial problems.

An e-mail was sent to theater supporters, actors, government entities and others alerting them of the theater’s board of directors’ decision.

The e-mail stated, “Economic pressure [has] made it impossible to continue.”

In addition, an announcement was placed on the theater’s website.

“We’ve tried to do this as dignified as we could,” said Lyn Taylor Long, chair of the theater’s board of directors.

The theater has struggled financially for the past several years, but when theater officials learned in early December two significant funding sources were not going to be able to contribute toward the 2013 season, it became apparent the theater would have to close.

Those funding sources would have helped the theater pay its basic overhead expenses for January and February.

“If you don’t have that [paid for], you certainly can’t put on productions,” Long said.

The board of directors began looking for help, and held a community meeting in mid-January, asking for suggestions and solutions to the theater’s financial crisis.

Terry Martin, Hart County’s judge-executive, attended the meeting.

“They just told us what the status was,” he said. “I guess they would have taken any help. I don’t know. It’s just a sad, sad thing. I don’t know how you get from underneath it. It just seemed like it just built up and built up over the years.”

Long, as well as other members of the board, were hoping someone would step forward and keep the theater from closing, but no such help was found.

The final decision to close the theater was made on Feb. 18.  

Read the full report in The Weekender print or e-edition of the Glasgow Daily Times.