The Vive Les Arts Societe is holding a meeting Aug. 1 open to the public to potentially overturn a decision by the VLA Theatre’s board of directors to shutter the community institution’s doors after more than 40 years in Killeen.
Only VLA members are allowed to vote at the meeting.
According to an email to the Herald on Monday, theater members will be allowed to discuss and vote on a slew of measures including the continuation of the VLA Theatre, the restructuring of the organization, the hiring of a business director, the appointment of a bylaw revision committee and an examination of the group’s finances with accountant counsel.
The meeting is restricted to members of the theater who have purchased season-long passes. Memberships can still be purchased until July 31.
According to the email, the meeting agenda includes measures to:
Accept the resignation of board members issuing letters of resignation.
Discuss the financial health of the VLA Theatre.
Discuss the options for VLA to continue operations.
Hold a vote to either uphold the vote to close the theater or reverse it; if members vote to overturn the earlier decision, they can accept nominations for new board members; if members vote to uphold the earlier decision, they can arrange a date, time and location to begin discussing steps for dissolution.
On Friday, Vice Chairman Nancy Hennigan, Vice Chairman Diane Connell, Advisory Committee Chairman Cyd West, Treasurers Scott Shine and Hilary Shine, and Past Chairs Leslie and John Gilmore announced their resignation from the theater’s board. The member cited Chairwoman Summer Heidtbrink’s violation of group bylaws and her role as chairwoman, and said they “will not support her defiance of the board’s direction.”
The board members also pointed to the theater’s declining finances in recent years.
“The executive committee met twice in June to review the finances and options. Seven of nine members believed that the Theatre could not commit to a new season because of the financial situation and voted that it should close gracefully at the end of the current season,” the board members said.
The meeting will begin at 6 p.m. at the VLA Theatre, 3401 S. W.S. Young Drive.