In 2016, the Lewiston Civic Theatre in Idaho was forced from its long-time home in a historic building that was deemed structurally unsafe. Left without a regular place to rehearse or perform, the nonprofit organization began traveling from venue to venue to put on youth and adult shows in rented halls, local schools and other public spaces.
Even without a home stage, the Lewiston Civic Theatre found a way for the show to go on – but without a quality sound system, which was left behind in the rushed departure from their former building.
Now, with the help of a Community Strategies grant from the Innovia Foundation, the Lewiston Civic Theatre will have the funds to purchase much-needed sound equipment for their traveling shows. The new portable sound system will help the performance group improve show quality, grow ticket sales and the number of performances, and expand its live stage productions to more communities.
“Building an appreciation of the arts and an opportunity to engage in theater arts allows for exploration of the human experience,” said Nancy McIntosh, the organization’s executive director. “Live theater provides opportunities for human interaction, collaboration and a sense of inclusion.”