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Evansville's Civic Theatre dealing with real life drama

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Real life drama is starting to unfold at Evansville's Civic Theatre.

The director told 14 News that financial issues are forcing the theatre to restructure.

The community theater group recently made changes to keep the curtain rising, and may make more in the near future.

Civic Theatre Artistic Director Chris Tyner said although they are selling tickets, they're still struggling financially.

That's why in order to cut back, they recently had to lay off the group's education director.

Tyner said that's probably not going to be the end of what he is calling their 'restructuring.'

Over the last three years, Tyner said about 70% of their shows have sold out, but only 45% of that money is actually profit.

Most of the ticket money goes towards production costs, like rights to the shows, costumes, and set design.

Tyner told 14 News regardless of their financial hardships, they plan to stay open and hope they will continue getting the community's support.

"It's important that our community really realizes that we're here, and we've been here for 88 years," said Tyner. "We are a valuable part of this community and it's going to take the community to basically step forward and make sure that we continue to last."

Tyner said the community can help by buying tickets to their shows, or by becoming a sponsor.

For more information, you can contact the theatre directly.

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