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Theatre program raising money to stay afloat


One Jefferson County High School is fighting to keep its theater program afloat.

The Shades Valley Theatre Academy is trying to get more financial support from the community to help the students continue to put on professional-level productions. The students in the program are considered the best and the brightest; the 10 graduating seniors have all earned close to $1-million in scholarships.

To stay afloat, the program relies heavily on donations.

"Our goal is to create a professional theatre company housed in a high school. To that end, we have old lighting fixtures, old sound system... Upgrades, they are incredibly expensive," said Dustin Helmer, a faculty member at the Shades Valley Theatre Academy.

"'s a thrill you get from putting on bigger productions. More money means more shows," said student Darryl Harris.

If you would like to support the academy, they are raising funds through ticket sales of the production of "Once on this island." Curtains open Friday night and Saturday night at 7 p.m. and at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday.

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