Marysville arts group raising funds for theater space

MARYSVILLE — The Red Curtain Foundation for the Arts wants to make Marysville a destination for fine arts and performing arts.

The nonprofit organization has a lease-purchase agreement with the owners of Dunn Lumber Co. for the company’s 10,000-square-foot commercial building at 1410 Grove St.

The foundation plans to transform the former lumber store into a hub for the arts, as well as provide room for community gatherings.

Red Curtain, founded in 2009, hasn’t had a place to run its programs in Marysville. Most of its plays and its Hometown Hootenanny music series have been staged at the Historic Everett Theatre.

“The process of transforming the building is progressing, one step at a time,” said Scott Randall, a Red Curtain board member. “Our most critical projects are those identified by the city of Marysville as a condition of occupancy, like safety upgrades and code compliance.”

In order to meet those initial needs, Red Curtain has launched a “crowd-funding” campaign at Indiegogo to raise $25,000.

“If we raise that money, we can bring the building up to fire code and make our restrooms Americans with Disabilities Act approved,” Randall said.

“At that point we can begin to have classes and meetings and have a revenue source to make more improvements. In order for this to be successful, we need to get people in the building to see it and experience it for themselves.”

The deadline for the fundraising project is Feb. 20, and Randall remains optimistic.

The building has a lot going for it, Randall said. It has plenty of room for a box office, a lobby, a script-lending library, a stage that can be re-configured within the space and a large backstage “green room.” The former loading dock could be transformed into a covered deck for outdoor concerts, and outdoor theater is possible in back of the building, Randall said.

“There is much work to be done, and community support is vital in this undertaking,” he said. “The best way to get something done is to just do it.”

To pledge a donation, go to www.indiegogo.com/projects/new-marysville-community-arts-center.

For more information and to volunteer to help, go to www.redcurtainfoundation.org or contact Randall at randallrcf@gmail.com or 425-501-7604.

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