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CAST to give high-price farewell performance June 21
Leaders requesting donations to meet financial obligations
 
Published Tuesday, June 17, 2014 11:00 am
by Michaela L. Duckett

If you want to attend Carolina Actor’s Studio Theatre’s final performance of “Gruesome Playground Injuries” on June 21, it’s going to cost you.

Tickets to the show, which will mark the final curtain call for one of Charlotte’s major theater production companies, are going for $100.

Citing financial problems, CAST announced that it is permanently shutting down operations at the end of June. Proceeds from ticket sales to Saturday’s performance will support the company’s Tribute Campaign. Leaders said funds will be used to help pay actor salaries, staff salaries, office rent and other miscellaneous costs associated with dissolving the company.

In an email, board members said the goal is to maintain the theatre’s legacy by seeking to meet its financial obligations before June 30.

Acting instructor Ed Gilweit formed CAST in 1992. Since then, it has come to be known as one of the area’s most eclectic theater companies. However, with financial pressures mounting leaders say dwindling ticket sales have left them no choice but to close.

CAST is appealing to the public for help. In addition to purchasing tickets to the company’s final production, leaders are also requesting gifts of $64 to made to the Tribute Campaign in recognition of the 64 productions staged by the company since it launched as a nonprofit theatre eight years ago.

A special celebration for audience members to interact with CAST staff and reflect on their favorite CAST moments will be held after Saturday’s show. Admission is $10 per couple for show ticket holders.

Donations to the Tribute Campaign can be made online at www.razoo.com/story/Cast-Education.

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