The Cambridge Community Players are going back in time to help build a brighter future.
The theatre will be putting on an '80s video dance fundraiser on May 6 beginning at 8 p.m. with proceeds going toward internal upgrades that are needed to bring the space up to date and make it more accessible.
“We were closed for two years due to COVID and being a non-profit we didn't have any funding coming,” Michele Hildebrandt, vice chair of business for the Cambridge Community Players said.
“The building is getting old and things need upgrading.”
Among the list of improvements is a new scissor lift that is used to replace lighting and new flooring in the upstairs of the building.
With further bans coming on certain plastic products, the theatre will also need to buy new dishes and install an industrial dishwasher, which will include reconfiguring the bar area.
In order to become more accessible, Hildebrandt says some sort of elevator lift to the upstairs needs to be installed.
“We have seniors that want to help us direct but it’s hard for them to get upstairs for a lot of the rehearsals,” she said.
“We’ve had meetings and markets upstairs. I actually got married in the theatre and had the reception up there. We need to be more inclusive to everybody."
There will be 100 tickets available for $15 apiece that will go on sale at the beginning of April.
Those in attendance are encouraged to dress in their best '80s wear and can expect food, prizes and a fun time, Hildebrandt says.
“We want to put the fun back in the community,” she said.
“Look at it as an opportunity to get out, have some fun and meet a neighbour or new friend."
The event will also serve as an opportunity to learn more about Cambridge Community Players and show what the theatre has to offer the community.
“It’s an amazing venue and were fortunate to have it in the city,” Hildebrandt said.
“We’re also in need of volunteers. When COVID hit, our volunteer base was stripped down to hardly anyone. When people come to these types of events they may become curious about volunteering.”
For more information on the Cambridge Community Players and to purchase tickets when they go on sale visit cambridgecommunityplayers.com