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Exploring Issues in Eldersburg: Lack of Community Theatre Space

Is a lack of community theatre space an issue in Eldersburg?

There are numerous community theatre groups, performance troupes, bands, singers and artists in the area, but when when it comes to theatre space in Eldersburg, there isn't much to go around.

Non-profit theatre group TACTICC uses for performance space during the summer and during the school year.

This is an issue in Howard County as well with many local dance studios and theatre troupes forced to look for space in Carroll County and beyond. 

Most recently, this weekend , based in Ellicott City, performed at in Sykesville due to a lack of community theatre facilities.

Is community theatre space in Eldersburg and Sykesville sufficient or does the area need a theatre not associated with a high school for local performance troupes to use?

Michele Field December 12, 2011 at 12:46 PM
We are in desperate need! If space were available, we could so many more community outreach events, entertain audiences right here in Carroll county, draw people from neighboring counties, and build a closer community.
Pam Bajorek Shuman December 12, 2011 at 06:36 PM
We definitely need a space to be used exclusively for local theater! My daughter is involved with TACTICC, and I would love to see them have their own space for rehearsals and a more "audience friendly" space for performances (something with stadium seating so that all audience members can see the entire performance!)... I would also love to see a community summer theater program for all ages - I think it would really bring the community together!
Ginger Lachman Freint December 12, 2011 at 06:42 PM
I think someone should look into lack of theatre space in Howard County too. It's a shame that the county has so much to offer for children in arts but so little usable space to perform.
EBurger December 13, 2011 at 04:18 PM
Community theater space in South Carroll is not sufficient; it is actually non-existent. Local high school space can be cost prohibitive. Look what happened to September Song. Tree of Life Theatre Troupe has existed in Eldersburg for over ten years using space donated by many local churches. But as those church community's expand, they are unable to provide to outside groups. An effort needs to be made to provide space to local non-profits, so that Eldersburg/Sykesville can provide arts entertainment and education to the community. There are some suitable buildings in the Warfield complex. Meanwhile, everyone will commute to Westminster or other counties for camps and entertainment.
Valerie Bonk December 13, 2011 at 09:45 PM
These are all great thoughts. Any ideas on where such a theatre would be located and how it would be funded? Do you think there are enough people interested to be able to make it affordable to local studios and non-profits?
Michele Field December 18, 2011 at 12:56 PM
Yes, Valerie, I do have some plans! I think the Carrolltown Movie Theatre space would offer the perfect venue! There are 6 theatre spaces available inside that could be used for live performances, movie nights, church space (for churches currently renting space from schools,etc.), & community outreach programs. The concession area would host a cafe & book store & allow for local bands to perform & have karaoke nights. I have some national backing of support as well as local support. I just need Black Oak to consider taking me up on my offer to talk about the property. The added benefit is to be able to restore an iconic part of SC history & preserve one of the few self-standing theatre buildings. Any help you may be able to offer to get the ball rolling would be greatly appreciated! :)
Buck Harmon December 18, 2011 at 04:39 PM
Sounds like a great plan !

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