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Curtain falls on shows at New Court Theatre

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Gazette Staff
February 13, 2009
— A national economic downturn, corporate cutbacks and individual "belt tightening" mean the end for a local theater group.

New Court Theatre announced Thursday that it would no longer be producing shows.


Beloit was the state's smallest community to host a professional theater, and as such faced a variety of challenges.


Josh Burton founded New Court more than 10 years ago.


Burton, who died 2007, wanted to reestablish the Court Theatre, an organization that put on professional shows in Beloit for decades.


For many years, New Court was successful, hiring professional actors and talented local amateurs.


But in fall 2008, when planning started for the 2009 season, New Court's board of directors quickly realized they were facing a struggle.


"While our 2008 season was an artistic success, a 30 percent reduction from our 2007 audience attendance resulted in a financial deficit," the board wrote in a news release.


After considering several options, such as shortening the season or going to weekend-only performances, the board realized that it could not guarantee the needed support for the season.



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