Thank you to everyone who generously provided referrals to us this past quarter, as we presented a check for $1,990 to Venice Theatre, which is the second largest community theatre in the United States and a 501(c)3 charity.

When the theatre, which showed its first play in 1950, moved to the old KMI building in 1971, it found its forever home. From fold-up chairs provided by Farley Funeral Home to multiple stages, the former Venice Little Theatre has grown tremendously. According to the website, by 2006 the stages presented 400 performances of over 40 unique productions and attendance reached an audience of 85,000. The theatre could now count 1200 volunteers – the same number as the City’s population when the theatre was formed in 1950. Venice Little Theatre was no longer little, and in 2008 the theatre dropped “little” and became Venice Theatre.

It’s been well over a year since Hurricane Ian hit our town and caused significant damage to the theatre’s main stage. While the Venice Theatre has a long way to go before its “back to normal,” one thing is certain: it will be beautiful and more fabulous than ever! The professional and spirited staff know the show must go on and are dedicated to making it happen, even amongst the construction and boxes of salvaged props and costumes.

If you’re interested in supporting the Venice Theatre as it makes its post-Ian comeback, you can click the link above which will direct you to their website for more information.

We’re excited to support an organization that does so much for our community and appreciate all of the referrals that make our “Help Our Community” referral program possible.