Terre Haute Living December 2016 - Page 48

Two large murals are painted on the interior walls of the Community Theatre auditorium. That year it purchased its current playhouse at the corner of Washington and 25th Street, a building that formerly had been a neighborhood movie theater — the Best Theatre. In addition to its play schedule, for many years CT showed foreign films with the former movie house’s two projectors. “The Community Theatre just plugged away, no matter what, even as their various venues collapsed,” said long-time friend and supporter of the theater Ted Hazledine, whose mother, Jane, was one of the leaders in the local theater for many years. “We are Indiana’s second oldest community theater after the one in Indianapolis. Our current facility is the oldest one continually used for theater. We now have people who are in the second and even third generation of families who have been part of our theater.” In 1965, CT expanded its site at 25th and Washington by purchasing and razing the house to the south of its facility so the ground could become a warehouse. Then in 1991, the community provided more than $1 million in funding, enabling CT to add large restroom facilities, a two-story lobby, concession and a kitchen area, and a rehearsal hall the same size as its stage, plus new costume and furniture storage space. CT’s current project is to raise money to build a parking lot on the west side of the theater. As it stands now, people often must park several blocks away from the theater’s entrance. “Our parking lot plans are going to need a lot of money,” Hazledine said, “but we can and we will raise it. We believe Terre Haute will support us.” One of CT’s long-time actors, Chuck Shutt, said, “It’s amazing that we have survived for 90 years. I think the reason is that we are volunteers who love theater. We always have a few White Violet Center for Eco-Justice Cooking classes at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods Perfect Pastry at Home 1-5 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 14, 2017 Learn how to make them at home — classic French croissants, pain au raisin (raisin bread), Danish kringles, empanadas, turnovers, éclairs. Instructor: Robyn Morton. Cost: $45. Register by Jan. 9. Cook Without a Book: Creative Answers to “What’s for Dinner?” 5:30-8:30 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 19, 2017 Learn flexible recipes and how to make substitutions in recipes. Learn what to stock in the pantry, and how to combine flavors. Instructor: Ann Testa. Cost: $35. Register by Jan. 13. Register online Events.WhiteViolet.org 48 Terre Haute Living • December 2016 tribstar.com/terrehauteliving