Schultz Theatre to move to Rockingham

The Schultz Theatre in New Market will be moving to Broadway in Rockingham County this November, according to Neil Marrin, board president for the Schultz Theatre and School of Performing Arts.

“We look forward to becoming an integral part of the Broadway community and its outstanding focus on the arts,” Marrin said.

The Schultz Theatre, he said, is a nonprofit organization, and funding is based primarily on ticket sales. At its current location in New Market, the theater pays a fixed 12-month rent that is over $20,000 per year. Marrin said the theater doesn’t receive any funding from the Town of New Market.

“With such a fixed cost we are required to produce 12 productions a year, which is a lot for a community theater,” he said.

He added that most community theaters create six to eight shows, or fewer, in a year.

He said the tight deadline to create 12 shows puts a strain on volunteers and “can potentially impact the quality of our productions.” The theater has no paid staff and operates on a volunteer basis. All actors, directors and board members are volunteers.

“The Schultz prides itself on the quality of theater we deliver to our Shenandoah Valley audience and, as a board, consider that to be our biggest responsibility, along with securing the long-term future of the theater troupe,” he added.

The theater will be moving to J. Frank Hillyard Middle School in Broadway.

“The theater there is a wonderful facility with central air conditioning, state-of-the-art lighting and sound, and excellent access for those with disabilities,” Marrin said. “In additon, we will be receiving physical and financial support from the Town of Broadway, whose mayor, Town Council and town manager have been very welcoming and supportive of our move to their community.”

Contact staff writer Kaley Toy at 540-465-5137 ext. 176, or ktoy@nvdaily.com

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