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Showtime for Porter Theater: Start locally

| Friday, March 22, 2013, 8:57 p.m.

Geibel Catholic Junior-Senior High School produced a lovely production “Les Miserables” last week at the State Theatre Center for the Arts. And although the State is an excellent venue, it is situated in Uniontown.

Geibel, however, is in Connellsville. While Geibel is a regional school, most people associate it with Connellsville.

Geibel doesn't have an auditorium suitable for a musical production. And the State Theatre provided a solution to that problem. Still, there's another option that would allow Geibel to stage such a production locally.

It's the Edwin S. Porter Theater at the Connellsville Community Center, just over the hill from Geibel.

The Porter, named for cinema pioneer and Connellsville native Edwin S. Porter, has undergone a beautiful renovation.

What's lacking are productions to turn its stage from dark to light. Volunteers are working to make that happen.

We suggest that the volunteers focus on one achievable goal, which is to fill that stage.

While similar facilities such as the State in Uniontown and the Palace in Greensburg have been able to market their venues to national acts, those that lead the Porter should start small. Convincing Geibel to commit its annual musical to the Porter would be a start.

The best way to market the Porter is to bring any and all events to its stage. Once that is accomplished, the volunteers can set their sights on loftier aspirations.

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