PITTSFIELD – A group of comedians is trying to help keep the lights on at the Pittsfield Community Theatre now that the town has cut funding for the building.
“We do need some help and we’re not just going to ask for handouts. We’re going to bring you shows to do it,” said Jason Perkins, a production manager for Cemetery Theater.
On March 2nd, around nine comedians are bringing their standup to Pittsfield’s stage, donating their time so the $10 ticket fees can go straight to the theatre.
The show is being put on by a number of sponsors and will feature the River Comics, which is a collective of comedians from central and southern Maine.
“You know in this day and age of streaming media and everything like that, people forget that the experience in the theater is something that is special,” said Shane Grant, a filmmaker and sponsor for the show.
The performers said the town theatre has until June before the funding runs out.
And they hope new ways to get people into the theatre, like their standup show, can help the building stay open past June.
The show starts at 7 p.m., is geared toward ages seventeen and up, and will run for about an hour and a half.
The comics are still working on their standup routines…
“I actually make a lot of jokes about newscasters,” joked Nate Bradford with River Comics.
One of the performers will be Maine’s viral sensation, the moose turd lady, known for making art out of well – you know.
Mary Winchenbach of Tirdy Works said she was asked, “if I could maybe come down and do a little bit of standup and do a turd presentation for the theatre and stuff, and I thought ‘boy wouldn’t that be fun’, so you know I’m going to come down and I’ve got all my turds, plus I’ve got a bunch of new turds that I’m going to be debuting too, I’m wicked excited about it.”
And on that note, tickets can be purchased at the door and more info is on the Pittsfield Community Theatre’s Facebook page.
“Growing up going to the theater was something I really liked to do and I’d love for the kids growing up here in Pittsfield to not lose that,” said Perkins.
The same sponsors will also be putting on a double feature showing in April, also in an effort to raise funds for the theatre.