Thunder River needs new venue |

Thunder River needs new venue

A valley theatrical company poised to celebrate its 10th anniversary this year is hoping to find a benefactor ” and some slightly more affordable digs ” after being forced to move out of its most recent location last weekend.

Thunder River Theatre Co., which had been working out of an empty space at Carbondale’s Sopris Shopping Center, had to pack up its goods and store everything in a trailer on Sunday. That left the company searching for a new spot to stage its plays, including its upcoming production of “The Firebugs.”

“We thought we had the perfect spot at the shopping center,” said Lon Winston, TRTC’s founder and artistic director. “Everyone who attended our production of ‘Park Your Car in Harvard Yard’ was just thrilled with the location. The feedback on what we did to bring life to an old, vacant space was simply awesome.”

Winston says the group is gratified that it was able to use the shopping center space for free for two months, but when the bill came, he says it was more than anything his nonprofit theater group could afford.

“One month’s rent was more than our entire production budget. We should be changing our name to the Vagabond Players,” Winston jokes.

TRTC now welcomes any ideas for an affordable location that has approximately 2,000-3,000 square feet, plus restroom facilities, but is not necessarily located in Utah or Nebraska.

“We would love to have an entire season in the same space. Our incredible supporters deserve that, as does our resident company. We’re willing to pay, we just can’t afford commercial rental fees,” continues Winston.

For information about TRTC, visit Call 309-5398 or e-mail with suggestions or ideas.

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