Red Curtain arts group finds new home in Marysville

MARYSVILLE — The Red Curtain Foundation for the Arts has heard from Santa, says foundation board member Beckye Randall.

Randall, the director of Red Curtain’s recent successful production of “It’s a Wonderful Life,” announced earlier this week that the foundation has a new home at 9315 State Ave., Suite J, in the Goodwill retail center behind the cosmetology school.

“It’s not much to look at now, but it has great potential,” Randall said in her announcement.

The Red Curtain Foundation for the Arts stepped up a few years ago to provide community theater in north Snohomish County after the loss of several theater groups in the area.

The Red Curtain center had been housed in the former lumber store building on Grove Street. The group had rented the building for two years, but it has been sold and Red Curtain has until the end of the year to move out.

The new center — a 6,000-square-foot warehouse — will provide space for performances, rehearsals, classrooms, a lobby and storage, Randall said.

It will take about nine months to get the place ready, Randall figures, but that gives the Red Curtain board time to raise money, write grant applications and plan for expanded programming after the September opening.

Plans are in the works to continue the current concert and theater season at another location in Marysville.

A five-year lease of the new building requires a larger financial commitment, but offers stability and continued cultural service to the community, she said.

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