Beaverton Cultural Center sign now

Dear Mr. Drake,
My name is Michael Ashton. I represent a newly forming performing arts organization called EPIC Theatre Company. We will be a new live community theatre group committed to producing top quality and large scale theatrical productions for audiences from the Beaverton area and surrounding communities to enjoy. In addition, we will support local artists of various artistic fields such as music, fine arts, dance, etc. Currently, our greatest set back is the lack of adequate performing venues in the Beaverton area. We have toured various schools in the Beaverton School District only to find that the rental of a high school performing arts facility, even in the summer months when school is out, is extremely expensive and discouraged by the high school drama departments since they receive no percentage of the rental costs. The money goes directly to the district and ends up costing the departments money for new lamps for lighting, normal wear and tear costs, etc. Not only that, but the district reserves the right to terminate any community rental agreement forty eight hours prior to the rental's event. Other school facilities we have considered include PCC Sylvania's PAC, Century High School in the Hillsboro School District, Wilson High School in the Portland Public School District, and Valley Catholic who has yet to return any of our calls or emails. We have read the Beaverton Arts Foundation's feasibility report on the construction of a Beaverton Cultural Center and we are very interested in the project's progress. From the last Arts Commission meeting in February, we learned that this project is a slow moving one. Furthermore, we learned that the city had recently acquired the former Westgate Theater property. It was suggested by Dennis Doyle of the Arts Foundation that members of the community contact you expressing their interest in the development of a Community Cultural Center at this particular location. We at EPIC have asked our supporters to sign this petition in an effort to express our interest and need for this facility. We would very much like to hold our productions within the heart of Beaverton instead of the outskirts of other surrounding communities. We believe that a community facility would be the best way to achieve this. Therefore, we would be grateful if you would consider making this petition for the development of the Beaverton Cultural Center a priority. Thank you for your time and consideration of this matter.


Sincerely,
Michael Ashton
EPIC Theatre Company - Founder

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