Cleburne Times-Review, Cleburne, TX

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January 16, 2013

Carnegie Players to host town hall meeting on Saturday

Meeting aims to plan for future growth

 

The Greater Cleburne Carnegie Players and board of directors invite those interested in cultural arts preservation to a town hall meeting at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Cleburne Conference Center.  

Carnegie was founded in 1979 and is the oldest running theater company in Johnson County. Through its 32 years of existence, Carnegie has put on many shows with hundreds of actors. 

The meeting on Saturday will focus on looking toward the future. 

“We’re hoping to have an open discussion with whoever is there that’s interested,” said Carnegie board member and director, Dick Helmcamp, adding that the discussion will likely follow a question-and-answer format with the focus on a goal of continual improvement of the cultural arts in Cleburne for generations to come. 

“We are so fortunate to have two theater groups that do quality work,” Helmcamp said. “Plaza, which is ‘in the round,’ and Carnegie, which is the more traditional ‘proscenium’ [stage production] style. We do four shows a year and we are planning to keep that going if we can.” 

Helmcamp said season ticket packages, which cost $40 for four ticket vouchers, will be available at the meeting for anyone who wishes to purchase them. 

“Season ticket sales is the seed money, our largest money-making event,” he said. “It gives us money to plan for the year.” 

Though growth is anticipated in the area with the completion of Texas 121, Saturday’s discussion will not focus solely on the expected population boom. 

“The area grows and the growth [of Carnegie] will go with it,” Helmcamp said. 

The conference center is located at 1501 W. Henderson St. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.carnegieplayers.org. 

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