Sunday, December 8, 2013
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All at 7:30 p.m. unless noted
Sept. 12: Crystal Bowersox
Sept. 21: The Early Evening Show with Mike Miclon
Sept. 28/Sept. 29, 2 p.m.: Open Book Players Club — Reading Rumpus
Oct. 15: Kate Schrock
Oct. 19: Laugh Till You Die
Full listing at johnsonhall.org
The biggest obstacle — as its been for the last two decades — is the price tag, but Miclon said the organization also needs to ensure the demand for larger shows warrants the larger space. He said he plans to grow the number of shows slowly to up to at least 50 a year, like at Oddfellow Theater.
“The No. 1 thing we do is present performances, and if we only do that 12 times a year, it’s not enough. It really isn’t enough,” Miclon said.
He said getting funding, especially with Gardiner potentially facing a significant budget gap next year, always will be a challenge.
“But I think that was another reason for us to up our game a bit, to prove that we do have value, that we do have a very important role to play in Gardiner,” he said. “The more successful we are, it’s easier for people to join. A lot of people don’t want to donate to something that they think is floundering.”
Miclon said people want to give to something when they believe their money will lead to its growth and success.
“And it’s our job to be a success,” he said.
Paul Koenig — 621-5663