In the last few months, a group of local, innovative individuals have gotten together to form a new, non-profit organization called C.A.S.T. The acronym stands for Chalet Arts Showcase Theater.
Last year, former Enumclaw Mayor, John Wise approached a few individuals to see if they would be interested in doing some discovery work to find whether it would be possible to purchase the 85 year old Chalet Theater, located at 1721 Wells Street in Enumclaw. It just so happens, that the Chalet Theater owner, Mr. Ken Kerr is interested.
With a focused direction, C.A.S.T. is now in the process of lining up sponsors and entertainment to jumpstart the acquisition to make the purchase a reality. Last November was the official “kickoff” of CAST’s venture when they hosted the brilliant artistry of Ragtime pianist, Bob Milne at the Chalet Theater.
C.A.S.T. is single mindedly determined to continue to show the quality movies, Enumclaw has been privileged to see at the Chalet Theater throughout the years. Besides keeping the movie tradition alive, a new, larger stage, dressing rooms and more are being designed so that larger performances, such as plays, dance recitals, civic events, band and choral concerts and youth activities can take place at the theater. The benefit of Enumclaw’s downtown infrastructure will certainly be a marked welcome by drawing a variety of patrons to the Chalet Theater.
Renovation is in order, but C.A.S.T. understands the importance of making improvements while remembering the historic value of the theater. Lighting, sound and other features will have to be considered as well. It’s no small undertaking, which is why the fundraising will begin in earnest on April 21st at 7 PM, when C.A.S.T. will present a pop/punk band event at the Chalet Theater. C.A.S.T. is very excited to bring some of the best and favorite bands in the Pacific North West to the Chalet.
The evening headliner will be Moneta from Seattle, followed by Shoreline Drive from Buckley, Palmer Junction from Enumclaw and In All Honesty from Auburn.
All ages are welcome to this fund raiser and anyone interested in donating to the cause may contact Linda Kleppe-Olson at 253-228-5935.
Tickets will be available online for $10 through Brown Paper Tickets, and participating band members. (http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/241176)
Seating is limited.