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Hatboro Theater Fundraises to Keep it Cool

The Village Players of Hatboro continue its fund drive to purchase new air-conditioning units.

Even in unseasonably warm winter days, chances are you're not even thinking about air-conditioning or when you'll be looking to cool things down.

But, the Village Players of Hatboro certainly are. 

The volunteer-run theater has been fundraising to replace its "beyond repair" air-conditioning system since last spring. With a shoestring budget, the nonprofit group was staring down a $20,000 cost that actor and director Fran Carroll said could potentially close the curtains for good.

Since then, Carroll said the group has shifted direction a bit. Instead of replacing the entire system, Carroll said the Village Players are buying smaller air-conditioning units at roughly $5,000 apiece. So far, the group has bought one - to keep audiences cool during summer shows - and is looking to buy three or four more. 

"That's an ongoing thing," Carroll said. "We're $4,000 away from another unit."

In the warmer months the Village Players had held garage sales of costumes, sets and the like, generating between $300 and $400, Carroll said. The group plans to offer sales again this spring. 

During performances, including  which continues through Jan. 25, the theater offers a 50/50 drawing at intermission. Proceeds from that as well as donations go toward air-conditioners, Carroll said.

The next air-conditioning unit the theater purchases will be used to keep the on-stage actors cool during warmer months, Carroll said. In the middle of January, that timeframe likely seems a world away.

How you can help

Donations can be made to the Village Players of Hatboro by clicking on the PayPal link on the group's Web site.

Cora Rowe January 24, 2013 at 01:46 AM
Great job!! So good to see your group making their own money

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