Supporters fight to save Vive Les Arts Theatre, vote to be held Aug. 1

Channel 6 news reporter Emani Payne reports.

In exactly one week, members of Killeen's nonprofit Vive Les Arts Theatre will vote on the fate of the organization.

Many patrons bought tickets Tuesday to what could be the group's last production, "The Little Mermaid" -- running through July 30. The vote will be held August 1.

Chairperson Summer Heidtbrink released a statement earlier this month, openly disagreeing with the board of director's decision to shut down the theater -- arguing it was still a financially viable entity.

"My kids and my future grandkids, you know, I want this to be here for them," Heidtbrink said in a Tuesday interview with KCEN-TV. "If it's gone, people are going to have to go to Waco just to audition; and then, if they make a play there they've got to drive up there an hour every night."

One board member shares the same sentiments as Heidtbrink.

"30 juveniles were in a fight or riot at the Killeen mall -- we need outlets for our children they need somewhere to go," Stacie Dishon, Board Secretary said. "One woman taking to Facebook saying, 'This is heartbreaking I have such fond memories watching plays here with my kids.' Another saying, 'For a town this size with little to do it saddens me to see this already decided.' And several people stopping in throughout the day hoping to buy tickets for the theaters already sold out showings of The Little Mermaid."   

A GoFundMe was recently launched to save the venue, which has been offering live community entertainment in the Killeen and Greater Fort Hood area for four decades.

The Aug. 1 meeting will be public, so anyone may attend. But, only the current members will be allowed to cast their votes.

The meeting will be held at 6 p.m. at the venue, which is located at 3401 South W S Young Drive in Killeen. Click here for directions.

Read Heidtbrink's previous statement below.

Chairperson statement on Vive Les Arts Theatre closing by Channel 6 News on Scribd

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