WILLIAMSON — Paul Pinson and Jason Marshall with the Tug Valley Arts Council made an appearance at the Mingo County Commission meeting on Tuesday to discuss the possibility of the council having access to the Rose G. Theatre.
The theatre has been unusable for the council since earlier this year when it experienced water damage due to leak in the roof.
“I know that we all have financial restraints,” said Pinson, treasurer for the arts council. “But we are seeking a way repair and utilize the Rose G. Smith Theatre.”
President Marshall addressed the fact that attendance has been low for the shows, especially for residents of Williamson, when the shows are placed in the theatre of Mingo Central High School. Marshall scolded county employees for not being more involved with the cultural group.
“We give 20 free tickets out each year to county employees, but we have not had a very good turnout from people who work in the courthouse,” said Marshall. “We would like to be able to have our shows right here in town again so that attendance will be better.”
Commissioner President John Hubbard agreed that finding a way to utlilize the theatre would be in the best interest of the county and the council seeing as they bring in various acts year round including plays and musical acts.
“If we could come up with a lease for the theatre so that the council could lease it then they could apply for grants to help fix it,” said Hubbard. “Maybe we can help them in whatever funds are needed after any grant money is applied.”
Pinson and Marshall agreed that they would take on that responsibility and that they would be more than willing to sign a lease to the theatre. Pinson was charged with drawing up a lease to be signed.
Before the council ended their presentation, commissioner Greg Smith made a motion to give $1,000 to the Tug Valley Arts Council which was accepted by the County Commission.
Madalin Sammons is a reporter for the Williamson Daily News. Madalin can be reached at [email protected] or by phone at 304-664-8225.