Vive Les Arts Theatre

The Vive Les Arts Theatre is photographed Thursday, July 6, 2017, at 3401 S. W.S. Young Drive in Killeen.

Killeen’s Vive Les Arts Theatre Board of Directors announced new officers for 2017-2019 in a news release Thursday afternoon.

Brett Pritchard, a longtime resident and local attorney, was named the board’s chairman. Michael Linnemann, a real estate agent by day, and Vicki Carlson, a partner at Carlson Law Firm, will serve as first and second vice chairmen, respectively.

Kerry Ann Frazier was appointed parliamentarian, and Howard Fomby was appointed legal counsel by Pritchard.

“We are so lucky to have great leadership from Brett, Mike and Vicki, and I know they’ll do a fantastic job of leading us,” former chairman Summer Heidtbrink said in a news release. “I know VLA is in good hands.”

In early July, a majority of board members said they could not commit to another season because of its financial situation. Seven board members subsequently resigned. On Aug. 1, an overwhelming majority of VLA members voted to reverse that decision.

Eric Shepard, a former artistic director at the VLA Theatre, will serve as consulting executive director. He’ll take on that role in addition to his current position as executive director of the Waco Civic Theatre.

Shepard was the artistic director at VLA from 1999 to 2012, according to the news release.

The board’s first goal is to announce the 2017-2018 season.

“And then we’ll show Central Texans that we are back artistically,” Shepard said in the release.

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