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Despite theft, Scottdale musical will go on

| Thursday, Aug. 5, 2010

The scheduled opening of the musical "Footloose" at a landmark Scottdale theater will go on Thursday despite a reported theft of props and costumes Monday night.

Lisa Stouffer, general manager of Geyer Performing Arts Center at 111 Pittsburgh St., said she first learned of the missing items Tuesday from the center's set designer, Bob Pelzer.

"I thought he was kidding at first, but then he told me it wasn't a joke," Stouffer said.

Taken were about 10 pairs of new tennis shoes, white button-down shirts and other clothing to be worn by teenage participants of the production, which is set for 7:30 p.m. today in the center, Stouffer said.

The actors have been rehearsing the production since early June, which made the late-moment loss of the items that much harder to take, Stouffer said.

"The show will go on; it has to. But I feel bad for the kids. Girls were down there crying. They felt so violated. The guys are mad, too," Stouffer said.

The thefts took place sometime after the group's evening rehearsal Monday evening, Stouffer said. There was no evidence of a break-in at any of the building's entrances, Stouffer said.

"I've been here since 2008, and I've never had anything like this happen," Stouffer said.

Borough police are investigating. Department officials could not be reached for comment.

Performances also will be held at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2:30 p.m. Sunday, according to the center's website, www.geyerpac.com .

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