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 received between 25 and 30 nominations for board members, according to chairman Summer Heidtbrink.

The theater membership will meet today at the 3401 S. W.S. Young Drive theater to vote on the organization’s next board. Heidtbrink said in a phone call Monday morning that there will be about 15 new members, to bring the board’s total to about 20 people.

“We want educated people, business people,” she said.

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 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.

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

Those board members who resigned submitted a letter to local news organizations explaining the reasons for resignation. 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.

Once the new board has been installed, it will meet Wednesday to talk about the direction of the theater, Heidtbrink said. Among the discussion topics will be the approval of shows for the upcoming season and discussion of working together with other local theaters to try to increase revenue.

So far, Heidtbrink said, theater officials have talked to representatives from the Waco Civic Theater and the Georgetown Palace Theater.

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