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Theatre Albany prepares for opening night, needs community support

Thetre Albany needs community support as they prepare to raise the curtains for 'Driving Miss Daisy.' (Source: WALB) Thetre Albany needs community support as they prepare to raise the curtains for 'Driving Miss Daisy.' (Source: WALB)
The theatre has a long history in the Good Life City. (Source: WALB) The theatre has a long history in the Good Life City. (Source: WALB)
The theatre needs  more volunteers and the seats to be full at their shows. (Source: WALB) The theatre needs more volunteers and the seats to be full at their shows. (Source: WALB)
Kenneth Stutely (Source: WALB) Kenneth Stutely (Source: WALB)
Mark Costello (Source: WALB) Mark Costello (Source: WALB)
ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

Theatre Albany is getting ready for its next play,'Driving Miss Daisy.'

Theatre officials said they're suffering financially and are in danger of shutting down. 

The theatre has a long history in the Good Life City, and they want to stick around, but they need more volunteers and the seats to be full at their shows. 

Kenneth Stutely is playing "Hoke" in Theatre Albany's upcoming production of 'Driving Miss Daisy.'

Stutely said making people laugh is the best part of acting.

"When we hear laughter out in the audience we feel we are doing a good job," said Stutely.

He played the same part eight years ago and said that he's looking forward to doing it again.

Artistic Director Mark Costello says it's been challenging with lower turnouts and growing expenses. 

"You sell out all your shows and you are doing wonderfully well, but unfortunately we are not able to do that at the moment," explained Costello. "It's taken its toll and we are trying to keep it up."

They've been in the building for 50 years and Costello said that after so much time it needs some repairs.

The upstairs stage needs work, the ceiling leaks and the roof is deteriorating. The air conditioning unit also needs work.

"People who come to some of the shows go, oh its a little warm in here and that's just one of the things we have to deal with," explained Costello.

Organizers said that they're looking for passionate volunteers because that's how the theatre began years ago. 

"It started in 1932 by a group of people sitting around  on a porch saying why don't we start our own little theatre," said Costello. "That's when the community theatre movement really started at that time."

In the meantime, residents looking to see a good show can come out in a few weeks to see 'Driving Miss Daisy.' 

"If you want to come out and see something and relaxing and have a good time, then come to Theatre Albany," said Stutely. 

Theatre Albany will host seven performances of 'Driving Miss Daisy' over two weekends beginning Friday April 8th.

The box office opens for season ticket holders on March 29th.  

Tickets will go on sale to the general public on April 5th and will be $20 for adults, $15 for seniors and $10 for students.

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