Theater company turns to magic for fundraiser

August 31st, 2010 | Joe Hadsall | Filed Under General

As is the case with many performing arts groups, times are tough for the Electric Theatre Company, of Scranton, Pa. But magicians are coming to the rescue: John Graham has organized a fundraising show to benefit the theater and ensure its season can continue.

David Zarko, the producing artistic director for the theater company, told the Scranton Times Tribune that the theater’s donations are down for the year:

“While we have gained both sponsors and contributors in 2010, the amounts people are giving are understandably lower than is customary, so we’re really in dire need of funds to cover payroll and other expenses for our first show … The average cost of one performance is $2,000, and revenue from ticket sales for an average performance is about $500. So, there’s a gap which is filled by sponsors, program ads, Annual Campaign, and benefits like this one.”

Graham is the show’s headliner; other magicians in the show include Bill Dickson, Tony Leoni, Denny Corby and Michael Simon. The show is at 8 p.m. Saturday at the theater, located in Scranton. Road trip!

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