LAKEPORT – The Soper-Reese Theatre in Lakeport, in the final stages of fundraising to complete its conversion into a state-of-the-art performing arts center, received a big boost this week from the Tallman Hotel in Upper Lake.
The Tallman sponsors an annual series of small concerts in its Riffe’s Meeting House and donates 10 percent of the gross proceeds to the theater fund.
On Monday, Tallman owner Bernie Butcher presented this year’s contribution, a check for $500, to volunteer Executive Director John Ross and other members of the fundraising committee.
Since its renovation, the Soper-Reese has become a popular venue for a wide variety of shows and events. However, fundraising continues in order to complete the project with needed backstage dressing rooms and disabled access facilities.
“We’re almost there,” said committee member Wally Fuller, “but we need one final fundraising push to raise the half-million dollars needed to complete the project. We appreciate the support of the Tallman in getting us started on this last phase.”
In addition to the Tallman concert series, the Blue Wing Restaurant next door has live music on Sundays, blues bands on Mondays and sponsors a three-day Blues Festival in August.
“The Soper-Reese has added much to the Lake County cultural scene since it reopened, and we’re really happy to have helped in some small way,” said Butcher.
Contributions to the Theatre Fund can be directed to Soper-Reese Community Theatre, Attn. John Ross, P.O. Box 756, Lakeport, CA 95453.
The annual fundraising gala will be held at the Theatre this year on Saturday, Oct. 16.
Check the website (www.soperreesetheatre.com) for upcoming events and theater information.