Will the show go on?
If the people of the Denair Gaslight Conservatory Theater have anything to do with it, then the show will go on, despite the loss of equipment and damage done to the facility during a recent burglary.
The theft occurred sometime before 5 p.m. May 26 at the theater located at 3908 N. Gratton Road in Denair.
The thief or thieves used a crowbar to pry open the back door of the theater, said Erica Prock, president of the Board of Directors for the theater.
Once inside the suspect(s) ransacked the building, and took a safe, audio and lighting equipment, tools, and two theater can-lights.
“Some of the equipment taken was our sound and light boards, which are necessary for our programs, especially during a show because that is what we use to control our sound and lights during performances,” Prock said.
During the break-in the suspect(s) also damaged four doors in the theater, some to the point of ripping off the moldings and the sheetrock, Prock said.
The damage to the building and the loss of equipment is estimated at $8,000, Prock said.
The Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Department investigated the burglary and stated at this time there is no suspect information.
The theater is home to numerous community actors and musicians, as well as young children just learning the nuances of dramatic arts and dance. A dance recital is planned for June 12 and if the show is to go on, then the theater will need some extra support from it’s patrons.
The Board has set up a Go Fund Me Page in the hopes of generating enough donations to cover the cost of repairs and new equipment. As of Thursday night the group had collected $3,060 of the $8,000 needed.
The Go Fund Me page can be viewed at http://www.gofundme.com/denairgaslight.