It's one of the oldest theaters in the Shenandoah Valley and it's struggling. So much so, leaders with the Wayside Theatre held a town hall meeting to talk about what will happen next.
"This is the last time that Wayside Theatre will run an emergency campaign," said Warner Crocker. He is the artistic director.
The board has to reach $90,000 within the next two months to keep its doors open. So far, they've raised nearly $62,000.
"One way or the other, we will either be successful, or we will change the mission of the theatre, perhaps close its doors if we are not as successful as we hope to be," said Warner.
The community came out to the town hall meeting to ask questions and show their support.
"This gives up and coming actors a wonderful opportunity to provide a terrific service to the community," said Nick Nerangis. "We gotta save this."
Many people who feel like Nick were at the town hall meeting ready to make donations.
"I just enjoy them very much," said Bob Brock. "Very entertaining. I enjoy the community. My wife and I have recently retired and we are now on a fixed income, but I brought my checkbook with me tonight."
Even if it's not much, leaders say, every dollar counts for the historic theatre celebrating 51 seasons in the community.
"We'd like to be here for 51 more and that's what this is all about, to try to ensure that legacy for the future," said Warner.
In addition to plays and shows, the Wayside Theatre also provides educational programs for the community.
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