1. Operator of CityStage, Springfield Symphony Hall sees financial challenges as it renews venue contracts

    Operator of CityStage, Springfield Symphony Hall sees financial challenges as it renews venue contracts

    Springfield Performing Arts Development Corp. formed in the late 1990s as a division of the Springfield Business Development Corp. The group took over management of the former StageWest in 1998, renaming the venue CityStage. StageWest, a resident professional theater company that had operated in the Columbus Center space since it opened in 1984, shut down after accumulating $700,000 in debt — a financial situation blamed at the time on a waning subscriber base, poor management and challenges nonprofit theaters were facing around the country, according to a report in the Union-News, predecessor to The Republican.

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    1. Of course our numbers are troubling, and we can't survive for more than a couple of seasons if these numbers don't change.
    2. I think Springfield is seeing the same thing that everyone is seeing.
    3. We were hoping to receive other qualified proposals in this area, Bokul
    4. One thing is, people don't find this to be an ideal spot for these operations.
    5. I know we wanted something fresh, something new.
    6. We are committed to finding the right mix of entertainment for these venues.
    7. Comedy does very well, Broadway is hit or miss.
    8. How do you miss something you were never exposed to?
    9. You don't have to change what you do.
    10. The idea, artistically, is to show that a symphony orchestra can play anything.
    11. More events, better attendance, positive experiences and good buzz — that's what downtown Springfield needs. We want to be a part of that.
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