Old Creamery Theatre in Amana closing doorways permanently

Alternatively of celebrating 50th anniversary, expert troupe couldn’t outlast pandemic issues

Old Creamery Theatre in Amana closing doors permanently

This clock tower and indicator, as noticed Sept. 5, 2021, place to the Old Creamery Theatre in Amana. The location introduced Friday that it is closing completely. (Diana Nollen/The Gazette)

The remaining curtain has fallen on the Old Creamery Theatre.

The not-for-revenue experienced troupe, launched in Garrison in 1971 and relocated in the previous Amana Colonies Welcome Center in 1988, meant to celebrate its 50th anniversary in 2021.

Alternatively, the pandemic pause pushed all those ideas to 2022 — but now, unable to financially maintain its functions, the theater is completely closing. On Thursday, it returned the making to the Amana Culture.

“It’s not a surprise,” Peter Teahen, president of the theater’s board of trustees, advised The Gazette. “We’ve long gone nearly two several years now, coming up in March, with no productions. We ran out of cash.”

A letter getting sent to patrons Friday states:

“After an endeavor at a partial re-opening this earlier drop/winter season 2021 with roadshows, we had the hopes of putting on a frequent time of reveals in 2022. While the roadshows were thought of a achievement, it was just far too tiny, much too late. The fiscal pressures endured for the duration of this extended closure have verified to be a disaster from which we could not recuperate. Coupled with the existing non-earnings spending plan and all the common costs which ended up still incurred even though shut, there was simply just no way to keep on to stay open.”

The corporation did acquire a $437,843 federal Shuttered Venue Operators Grant, meant to help arts presenters recoup losses and reopen doors immediately after the early days of the pandemic.

But that revenue required to be used by Dec. 31, and the theater — which suspended functions and terminated all employees, apart from for the normal manager, on July 1, 2020 — has been unable to resume creation to the extent essential to become monetarily practical. Teahen claimed the business is ready to hear how much of the grant income will want to be returned.

In the meantime, actual physical property these types of as place of work furnishings, seem devices, stitching devices and costumes have been donated to area universities and charitable companies. If the troupe ends up with any excessive funds, those, far too, will be donated to nonprofits.

“It will just take a even though to wind anything down,” Teahen stated, but the setting up was vacated Thursday afternoon.

“It’s a sad era,” he said. “When we closed the doorways, it was the first time in many years we had been (monetarily solvent). Reserves ended up becoming crafted, all of our money owed have been all paid off, but there was under no circumstances a foundation founded, so we had no genuine reserves to pull from.”

Right before the pandemic, the Old Creamery was checking out options to relocate to Cedar Rapids. But in Oct 2019, Kirkwood Local community Faculty withdrew from designs to website a new facility there, and conversations with Coe School were just commencing in February 2020 prior to the pandemic shutdown strike Iowa.

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