EPTC hosts ‘A Night of the Arts’

Enchanted Playhouse Theater Co. holds talent show Dec. 15 at Main Street Theater


VISALIA – A local children’s theater group may not be able to purchase their longtime home, but there are still plenty of reasons to donate toward the great work they do in the community.

The Enchanted Playhouse Theatre Company will host a community talent show at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 15 at the Main Street Theater in downtown Visalia. The show is produced by Jacob Wilson, who was an actor for the Enchanted Playhouse in his younger years. Jacob is assisting with fundraising for The Enchanted Playhouse Theater Company (EPTC).

Auditions were held and approximately 15 acts showcasing all variety of talents in and around Visalia are showing off their talent. Singing, dancing, piano, and a comedy magician will be featured. Gus Flamingo, renowned magician and member of the world famous Magic Castle in Hollywood, is making an appearance at this show. This is a family friendly showcase that appeals to all ages.

Tickets are $12 for adults and $10 for children ages 12 and under. Tickets are sold at the door. Main Street Theater. Please support community talent and community theater! For more information: [email protected]

The money will go toward EPTC finding a new home. Their current home, the Main Street Theater at 307 E. Main St., was sold last month when the Visalia City Council unanimously approved the sale of the building for $515,000 to Legacy Investments following an emotional 10-month long roller coaster for the children’s theater company, the City Council and the community. On Oct. 9, Tulare County Superior Court accepted a settlement between EPTC and the city where the theater company agreed to pay $12,500 in back rent and to vacate the Main Street Theater by Jan. 31, 2019.

There was no discussion by the city council, which had already voted once to sell the Main Street Theater, 307 E. Main St., and had already given EPTC an extra 90 days to raise the money as well as a court ruling settling on back rent and negotiating a move out date of Jan. 30, 2019. Any ordinance authorizing the sale of the property requires a four-fifths vote both on the first reading and second reading. The second reading was unanimously approved by the council on Nov. 5.

JR Shannon, the sole owner of Legacy Investments, wrote in his proposal he had already received a letter of interest from a “large restaurant tenet” interested in half of the 8,000-square foot property for “a new conceptual restaurant that we currently don’t have in Visalia.” He said the restaurant expects to hire 50-75 new employees, with the possibility of more for a catering arm of the business, and project $1.5 to $2.5 million in annual taxable sales. He stated that this tenant had already agreed to work with Enchanted Playhouse to host fundraising events for the theater company.

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