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Theatre’s upcoming show to change venue

POSTED: May 16, 2011 6:42 p.m.

The show will go on — just at a different venue.

Effingham Theatre will stage “Little Women” at Grace Community Church outside of Rincon instead of the Guyton Civic Center. Show times will be May 20 and 21 at 7 p.m., with a May 22 matinee at 3 p.m.

Effingham Theatre had to obtain liability insurance in order to use the Guyton Civic Center but also found out event insurance was needed. Jonathan Thompson of the Effingham Theatre said the cost of that coverage was too much for the group to bear.

“We would have to get separate event insurance, and it’s expensive,” he said.

Thompson said regular theatre insurance wouldn’t cover the play at the Guyton Civic Center because of that facility’s lack of a sprinkler system.

“Theatre insurance is a year long,” he said, “but it won’t cover a venue without sprinklers.”

Thompson and Guyton City Council members said they hope to be able to work through the liability insurance issues in order to stage performances at the civic center.

“We haven’t been faced with it, either,” Thompson said. “It’s a good thing it did come up.”

Said Guyton council member Ulyesses Eaton: “Don’t give up.”

Because of the high school graduations that weekend, Thompson said the group is canceling its May 27 and 28 shows.

Passes for the May 20-21 shows are $10 for adults and $6 for senior citizens and students, while matinee passes are $8 for adults and $4 for students and seniors. Grace Community Church is at 1094 Goshen Rd.

Effingham Theatre is planning to stage “Beauty and the Beast” in November.

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