Zephyr Depot to reopen as community theater

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Community gives a sense of home and hope. The Zephyr Theater, opening in downtown Stillwater, has effectively gave a sense of home even without a building. In early 2016, the Zephyr decided that they wanted to bring the arts together and build a 330 seat professional theater in the Zephyr Depot to allow those who love the arts to feel welcomed.

Zephyr Theater claims they will bring community together by making the theater bring in it a more cultural destination, allowing those who enjoy the arts to have a place to go, and by giving space to those around who need it for recreational purposes.

“I think that anytime a community has theater in it, it is going to be positive influence on the theater and all the arts programs in the community,” theater coordinator Grif Sadow said. “My hope is that they’ll expose the community to quality professional theater and that the Stillwater community has a professional company that they’re proud of.”

Zephyr is said to include an immense meeting hall along with a dance rehearsal space. It will also include a bakery and a theater material store. Their plan is to raise $6.5 million to begin construction by fall 2018 through donations of the community. They even have a pledge form on their website for those who care to donate.

2019 is in two years.  That’s a very short amount of time. If they really put all their energy and effort into raising that much money by that time then yes [ they will reach their goal]. At the rate that they’re going no.”

— Ivy Lariviere

“2019 is in two years.  That’s a very short amount of time. If they really put all their energy and effort into raising that much money by that time then yes [ they will reach their goal]. At the rate that they’re going no,” sophomore Ivy Lariviere said.

Lariviere is not the only one who believes that the Zephyr will not meet the planned goal. Some have many doubts about Zephyr’s target.

“I believe they have half the money raised that they need to have raised to start building it, but I’m sure it will take longer than another year and a half before they build it,” junior Matthew Lamers said.

Ninety-six percent people have rated the Zephyr with a five out of five review. The majority including how pleasurable and entertaining it is to be there. The other four percent replied with comments bandwagoning what the others said and agreeing to them.

According to Lariviere,  “[They are] very welcoming. The teachers there were amazing, they’re caring. You just get the atmosphere of ‘I’m going to enjoy it here’ and I did.”

 

 

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