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Curtain to rise anew at State

Wednesday, February 19, 2014 by The Press in Focus

The non-profit State Theatre Center for the Arts in Easton has exceeded the goal for its year-end "Curtain Call Campaign" by raising $58,639.

The goal set in November was $45,000.

"We were thrilled at the community's response to the request for funds to replace the curtain," says Shelley Brown, State Theatre President & CEO.

In addition to donations collected on show nights and online, an anonymous donor matched up to $17,500 in contributions to the State Theatre's quest to purchase a new main stage curtain for the historic hall.

Even State Theatre headliners got into the act. Comedian Lewis Black promised the audience in November that he would do his part and followed up with a check for $1,000 to the non-profit theater.

The main stage curtain was purchased in 1986 and has seen its share of legendary superstars, Broadway hits and 11 years of Freddy students. At a distance, it appears to be in good condition, but with closer inspection deterioration is evident. In 2010, part of the curtain tore under its own weight.

Plans are in place for a Spring 2014 new curtain rising.