Vive Les Arts Theatre

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

The Vive Les Arts Theatre in Killeen will have a meeting to appoint a new board of directors Tuesday.

VLA members will vote on the new board members at the 6 p.m. public meeting at the theater, 3401 South W.S. Young Drive.

“We will vote to elect a board of directors from those that have been nominated and selected for election by the nominating committee,” an email from VLA officials said.

The group accepted nominations for its new board until 5 p.m. last Tuesday.

It’s unknown how many nominations the theater received. That information will likely be released Tuesday.

During a July meeting, a majority of board members said they could not commit to another season because of the theater’s financial situation. Then, seven executive board members resigned.

Vice Chairman Nancy Hennigan, Vice Chairman Diane Connell, Advisory Committee Chairman Cyd West, Treasurers Scott Shine and Hilary Shine and past chairmen Leslie and John Gilmore signed a letter of resignation after that and explained their decision to close the theater.

Board Chairman Summer Heidtbrink, George Dishon and Stacie Dishon are the only executive board members left.

Those board members who resigned took aim at Heidtbrink in a letter emailed to several news organizations by saying she violated bylaws in her role of chairwoman. The letter said they “will not support her defiance of the board’s direction.”

The letter cited a decline in donations and attendance as the primary reason for closing the theater.

“This is a sad reality that the executive committee and board have been aware of and have tried to reverse,” the letter said.

During the theater’s annual meeting Aug. 1, its members, who are season-ticket holders, reversed the board’s decision to close VLA by a vote of 93-1. That vote meant the theater will remain open for the foreseeable future.

According to the VLA bylaws, the executive board has the authority to make decisions on behalf of the board of directors. Any nonbudgeted expense over $2,500 must have approval of the executive board, and any expenditure over $5,000 must be approved by the board of directors.

After the new board is installed, the current bylaws, installed in 2003, will be looked at, Heidtbrink said.

254-501-7552 | sullivan@kdhnews.com

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