Village Theatre receives $25,000 grant from city, Puget Sound Energy
February 23, 2012
By Warren Kagarise
NEW — 1:50 p.m. Feb. 23, 2012
Village Theatre received a $25,000 grant from the city and Puget Sound Energy to maintain and upgrade Issaquah facilities, officials announced Thursday.
Bellevue-based PSE awarded the grant to the city and requested for the funds to benefit a local nonprofit organization. In the process to craft a 2012 budget, City Council members selected Village Theatre as the grant recipient.
“By supporting the arts in Issaquah, this grant will benefit our local customers, their families and the greater community,” Andy Wappler, vice president of PSE Corporate Affairs, said in a statement. “We are very pleased to help Village Theatre continue its artistic excellence.”
The downtown Issaquah theater attracts more than 150,000 visits to the city each year. The theater’s classes, camps and productions for children and teenagers include more than 2,000 students.
“Supporting our thriving arts scene is a key goal for the city of Issaquah as we work to make our community more sustainable for the long term,” Mayor Ava Frisinger said in a statement. “Not only do the arts enrich our lives, but they also nourish our local economy.”
Village Theatre earned national attention in recent years for nurturing Broadway-bound musicals “Next to Normal” and “Million Dollar Quartet.” Both shows earned Tony Awards after reaching Broadway. “Next to Normal” also garnered a Pulitzer Prize for Drama. (“Next to Normal” author-lyricist Brian Yorkey graduated from Issaquah High School.)
“We are thrilled to receive such a generous grant from the city of Issaquah and Puget Sound Energy,” Village Theatre Executive Producer Robb Hunt said in a statement. “The best is yet to come for our flourishing arts community.”