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Sycamore Rouge Closes on July 31st

By • Jul 19th, 2013 • Category: News

Petersburg-based theater company Sycamore Rouge announced today it will be shutting down on July 31st. Their last production, Twelfth Night closed last weekend. Their full press release:

Sycamore Rouge will close its doors for good at the end of this month. The professional theatre company will donate its belongings to non-profit organizations in the region, and will grant its funds to a Petersburg community non-profit organization.

Sycamore Rouge had investigated and discussed opportunities with many area theatre groups to continue the work of the theatre on its stage in Old Towne Petersburg. “In the past few months, we explored various opportunities and many partners came forward; however, we ultimately realized that the long-term resources and leadership just didn’t exist to maintain what Sycamore Rouge does,” said kb saine [sic], Producing Artistic Director of Sycamore Rouge.

“While we are sad that there is not a solution in place right now, we are hopeful that other groups may look to the space, stage and theatre infrastructure that we are leaving and build a new live arts opportunity in Old Towne Petersburg,” said saine.

As Sycamore Rouge closes on July 31, saine is equally proud that the company’s remaining items and funds will be donated to important, local community-based organizations. “Over the years, we’ve amassed quite a useful stock of costumes, props and set pieces that we know will be helpful assets for our peer theatre companies. In addition, we hope that our office equipment and business assets will help strengthen other community-based non-profits,” explained saine. “Furthermore, I’m thrilled that our Board chose to ensure that all of our funds will be donated to a significant Petersburg organization,” saine added.

Sycamore Rouge was founded in 2002 and began programming in 2006. Since then, the company has produced hundreds of mainstage plays, smaller productions, classes and other events. “I’m so proud of what all Sycamore Rouge has done in the past seven years — from the contributions to the arts community to the revitalization efforts of Old Towne,” said saine. “We’ve been told so many times what an impact we’ve made on Petersburg, and how our plays and productions have made a difference to people, and that’s the best thing we could hope for,” concluded saine.

The mission of Sycamore Rouge is to use the performing arts to promote creativity, to help revitalize Petersburg’s downtown area, to strengthen the communities we serve through communal arts experiences, to stimulate the hearts and minds of the community, and to educate the community and its children.

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has performed in local productions, but prefers to be behind the scenes. Mike earned a Career Studies Certificate in Theater from Northern Virginia Community College. Mike is a member of the American Theatre Critics Association and the Online News Association.

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