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Morgantown Theater Organization Makes Cuts to Stay Afloat

West Virginia Public Theater

A Morgantown theater organization has released its paid staff and canceled its holiday show to stay afloat.

West Virginia Public Theatre outgoing board president Ray Prendergast told The Dominion Post that the organization is having financial difficulties and is taking steps necessary to move forward.

Prendergast says executive director Larry Mabrey was let go, along with one other paid staffer. Volunteers and board members will maintain the organization’s office until a replacement is chosen.

Incoming board president Paul Kreider says the organization has outstanding debts totaling about $200,000. He says the new board plans to raise money and reduce production costs to make the organization more sustainable.

Kreider says board members are excited about the organization’s future.