Johnstown Independent

Sterling Theater holiday show, fundraiser is Dec. 6

By ThisWeek Community News  • 

The Sterling Theater in Pataskala will host the Capital Showcase Chorus for its annual fundraiser to raise money for theater improvements at 7 p.m. Dec. 6.

The chorus is a division of Sweet Adelines International, a "world-wide organization of women singers that meet regularly to practice, socialize, perform and sing a cappella harmony, barbershop style," the group's website states.

The performance will be sponsored by the Nutcracker Family Restaurant.

Admission is $5. Tickets are available at the Nutcracker Family Restaurant and all branches of the Pataskala Bank. Tickets also can be purchased online at www.sterlingtheater.ticketleap.com.

Prior to the show, the theater will auction off five gingerbread houses to raise money for the theater.

The Sterling Theater is in a two-story brick building at 430 S. Main St. It was built in 1916 and initially used as a municipal building.

The theater building is owned by the city. The Pataskala Division of Police offices are on the first floor.

Corky Wion said volunteers raised money to restore the theater in 2010.

"The theater's greatest need is for an elevator and bathrooms since the Sterling is on the second floor of the building," Wion said in an email.

"The police station is housed on the main floor and therefore bathrooms that are there are not publically accessible."

Marcia Busler, who has directed summer youth productions at the theater, asked Pataskala City Council Monday, Nov. 18, for help in completing a study of improvements.

She said having an elevator and restrooms would make the performances more accessible to a larger audience and would make the work done for productions somewhat easier.

Busler said people working set up for productions have to leave the theater and use the restroom at a local gas station.

"I would hope you would consider that to move forward with the process," she said.

Pataskala City Council on Nov. 18 unanimously approved a three-year renewal for Historic Pataskala Town Hall Inc. to lease the theater through Dec. 31, 2016.

Pataskala Mayor Steve Butcher said Historic Pataskala Town Hall makes improvements to the theater in lieu of a lease payment. All improvements are then dedicated to the city and become part of the city's property assets, he said.

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