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n Success story t a e s best in the house CALIFORNIA MUSICAL THEATRE FINDS A NEW WAY TO TELL OLD STORIES p h oto : co u rt e sy o f c h a r r c r a i l 142 CAPITAL REGION CARES 2017 | BY Jennifer Snyder PHOTO: Adam Flemming T hose who have seen past California Musical Theatre productions of Beauty and the Beast were in for a treat this year: The “tale as old as time” is decidedly new and improved thanks to a recent influx of grant money from the Sacramento Metropolitan Arts Commission. The one-time facilities and cap- ital improvement grant was funded with City of Sacramento parking rev- enue from Lots X & Y in downtown. Originally, the parking revenue was set to go directly into the City’s gen- eral fund, but instead was set aside to create a grant giving opportunity through SMAC. While several organizations were granted funds through the process, $39,000 was awarded to California Musical Theatre to match funds they had put toward the purchase and in- stallation of a new state-of-the-art projection system. The system aims to add a distinct visual element to the in-the-round productions for which the theater company is known, and the system will be installed and maintained by local talent through Sacramento’s Stagehands Union. According to City of Sacramento Convention & Cultural Services Di- rector Jody Ulich, whose department oversees SMAC, the funding was set aside specifically for improvements like those California Musical Theatre was looking to make. “From looking at the grant ap- plication, it was ver y well written and ver y clear what it was that they were tr ying to accomplish,”