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TRIAD STAGE LAUNCHES FUNDRAISING CAMPAIGN

Triad Stage announced last Wednesday that it’s engaging in a $500,000 fundraising initiative and will also be changing its business model to address current and future challenges. The theatre plans to compress its season into a nine-month calendar in order to reduce costs over the summer and contribute to a necessary 21 percent decrease in operating costs.

“In the face of changing demographics, ticket buying practices, new media and a changing local arts landscape, we need to change the way we work, but not change the things we hold dear: our core values, a commitment to quality and our regional focus,” said Founding Managing Director Richard Whittington.

Theaters nationwide have struggled to keep in a slowing economy, including the local Charlotte Repertory, Blowing Rock Stage Company and most recently NC Shakespeare Festival.

In 2012, Triad Stage paid off its outstanding debt by successfully completing a $250,000 Challenge from the Joseph M. Bryan and Cemala Foundations, however the funds did not enable the company to address its ongoing operational challenges.

Since then, Triad Stage has worked to raise revenue and support by expanding into Winston-Salem, partnering with UNCG and providing regional box office services for Eastern Music Festival, UNCG School of Music, Theatre and Dance, and Greensboro Opera.

“We’ve pursued innovative solutions that have positively impacted our operations, but we recognize the need to make systemic changes that strengthen our foundation,” Whittington said. – Lenise Willis

SPANISH FILM FESTIVAL COMES TO RED CINEMAS

Red Cinemas at 1305 Battleground Ave. in Greensboro, is holding a Spanish Film Festival to provide movies for Spanish speakers and also people trying to learn Spanish. The movies are only $5 each. The event runs March 4-13.

The award winning movies are in Spanish with English subtitles and are from three different countries.

Cuban – Una Noche, Colombian – Maria Full of Grace, and Mexican – Cantinflas and Instructions Not Included.

Cantinflas is the untold story of Mexico’s greatest and most beloved comedy film star of all time. From his humble origins on the small stage to the bright lights of Hollywood, Cantinflas became famous around the world – one joke at a time. Relive the laughter that has charmed generations.

Instructions Not Included: Valentin is Acapulco’s resident playboy – until a former fling leaves a baby on his doorstep and takes off without a trace. Valentin leaves Mexico for Los Angeles to find the baby’s mother, but only ends up finding a new home for himself and his newfound daughter, Maggie. An unlikely father figure, Valentin raises Maggie for six years, while also establishing himself as one of Hollywood’s top stuntmen to pay the bills, with Maggie acting as his on-set coach. As Valentin raises Maggie, she forces him to grow up too. But their unique and offbeat family is threatened when Maggie’s birth mom shows up out of the blue, and Valentin realizes he’s in danger of losing his daughter- and his best friend.

Maria Full of Grace: A bright, spirited 17-year old, Maria Alvarez, lives with three generations of her family in a cramped house in rural Colombia and works stripping thorns from flowers in a rose plantation. The offer of a lucrative job involving travel–in fact, becoming a drug “mule”–changes the course of her life. Far from the uneventful trip she is promised, Maria is transported into the risky and ruthless world of international drug trafficking. Her mission becomes one of determination and survival and she finally emerges with the grace that will carry her forward into a new life.

Una Noche: Accused of assault, Raul is forced to flee Havana. He relies on his best friend Elio to help him escape to Miami. Elio is conflicted over protecting his sister’s welfare and his own desire to get out. One stressful night, the duo face the biggest challenge of their lives, involving 90 miles of treacherous ocean.

For more information visit Redcinemas.com or the event’s Facebook page facebook.com/events/1709077006005229/ !

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