The show must go — somewhere.
Watertown Lyric Theater finds itself in the same situation as Little Theatre of Watertown: in a search for a place it can call home.
The popular local community theater group also must find a new venue to host performances after leaving the Black River Valley Club, whose Washington Street building downtown is expected to be sold to Purcell Construction Co.
Kevin R. Kitto, Lyric Theater’s business manager, said the group needs to find a place to call home. Like its counterpart, Lyric Theater — which specializes in musicals — no longer will be able to use the Black River Valley Club for smaller shows, rehearsals, a basement to build its stage sets and space for storage.
And Lyric Theater will need to finance the move.
That’s where Garrett L. McCarthy, who’s been involved in saving the old Masonic Temple on Washington Street, comes in. Mr. McCarthy, a Henderson muralist and artist, has organized a fundraising concert for Saturday.
“Garrett just came along and said he wanted to help,” Mr. Kitto said. “He’s a big supporter of the local arts.”
Billed as a “Night of Jazz,” the concert, from 7 to 10 p.m. at the Asbury United Methodist Church, 327 Franklin St., will feature New York City jazz singer James Rich, a Syracuse University alumnus who has toured as a backup singer with Harry Belafonte and was a lead in the national touring company of “Rent.” [Read more...]