MOUNT PLEASANT -- A request for $20,000 to study whether a new, larger home for the Village Playhouse would be financially viable received support today from the Town Council Economic Development Committee.
The committee voted to add the theater's request for feasibility study funds to the town list of projects eligible for Tax-Increment Financing revenue. Town Council must approve the committee recommendation.
The 150-seat Village Playhouse draws 10,000 people annually to more than 100 nights of theater. It is currently offering 32 events associated with Piccolo Spoleto. It has a $300,000 budget and is successful because it offers what people want to see, said Keely Enright, artistic director and founder.
"It's amazing professional theater east of the Cooper," Enright said. The playhouse is at Brookgreen Town Center shopping center on Coleman Boulevard. It has outgrown its current quarters and would like a new home to seat 300 patrons. Enright said a possible location is a lot between Starbucks and Page's Okra Grill on the boulevard.
"This is not a hand-out from the town," Enright said. She said the purpose of the feasibility study is to see how much community support there is for a new Village Playhouse.
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