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State Theatre wins Curtain Call -- and curtain

Published On: Jan 29 2014 03:29:13 PM EST   Updated On: Jan 29 2014 03:54:15 PM EST

The non-profit State Theatre Center for the Arts in Easton has exceeded the goal of its year-end Curtain Call Campaign by raising $58,639 from the community.

The goal set in November was $45,000.

“We were thrilled at the community’s response to the request for funds to replace the curtain," said Shelley Brown, State Theatre president & CEO. "To say that it exceeded expectation is an under-statement.


“We are reminded, yet again, of the affection that our community has for the State Theatre and the experiences that people have here. We are very grateful.”

In addition to donations collected on show nights and online, an anonymous donor matched up to $17,500 in contributions to the theater's quest to purchase a new main stage curtain for the historic hall.

Even the artists got into the act. Comedian Lewis Black promised the audience in November that he would do his part and followed up with a check for $1,000 to the theater.

The existing main stage curtain was purchased in 1986 and has seen its share of legendary superstars, Broadway hits and 11 years of FREDDY© students.

At a distance, it appears to be in good condition, but closer inspection reveals deterioration. In 2010, part of the curtain tore under its own weight.

Plans are in place for  raising a new curtain in spring.