Nearly a month after the Vive Les Arts Theatre’s executive board decided to shut down the organization at the end of the summer, that decision was overturned by its members Tuesday. The theater will remain open for the foreseeable future.
Vive Les Arts executive board secretary Stacie Dishon interrupted chairman Summer Heditbrink mid-sentence at the end of Tuesday evening’s annual member meeting that was set to decide the future of the theater.
“Madame chairman, may I give the vote? I have 93 that voted yes (to keep the theater open), and one that voted no,” she said. The audience erupted in cheers. “Now don’t go away; we need your help.”
News that the theater was closing came July 6 without much explanation. An advertisement was submitted to the Herald that asked area residents to come join the staff for the final show at VLA — which has been a fixture in the community for 40 years.
The theater’s board has dissension in its ranks regarding VLA’s future — several board members resigned July 14 — but they agree the theater needs donors and audiences to survive.
Early last month, a majority of board members said they could not commit to another season because of its financial situation. Seven board members subsequently resigned. On Tuesday, an overwhelming majority of VLA members voted to reverse that decision.