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Monday November 8th, 2010

Posted at 2:19pm

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Windsor Dance eXperience (performing at the Capitol Theatre) by johnholler from the windsoriteDOTca flickr pool.

No, not a demonstration on how to suck blood, but possibly a demonstration on how to peaceably live in a city divided between the civilized and the unsophisticated.

All joking aside, though, the Citizens for the Capitol Theatre are hosting a demonstration this evening, beginning at 5:30pm outside City Hall. Placards will be provided, and supporters will march in solidarity from City Hall to the Capitol down University Avenue.

From the group’s Facebook event page:

“We want to encourage and support a timely and final, binding resolution this time as the trustee will have no other choice, by law, but to sell the chattel pertaining to the Capitol Theatre. This is the most crucial part of this bankruptcy as there isn’t any time left on the ‘bankruptcy… clock’. We want to remind the city that closing and securing this deal is of the utmost importance so not to jeopardize any time lines that have been set out by the court regarding the sale of the contents to repay the creditors ~ the next step if there are any glitches, appear to be the sale of assets immediately after the last performance booked at the Capitol if this final deal falls by the wayside.”

They’ve even listed viable, financial reasons to save the theatre, dispelling the “bloodsucking” impression some Windsorites have of the arts community. Patrons of the Capitol have been steadily increasing since the theatre officially went bankrupt in 2007. From 20,000 visitors to 70,000 in just three years, despite having the black cloud of defalcation looming over the heads of show organizers.

Elaine Weeks, local arts advocate, doles out some more encouraging and telling information on the Facebook page, “more audience numbers: WIFF 6500 [tickets sold] (approx), Upcoming Shows to end of Dec (maybe sooner): The Nut Cracker 2500, The Christmas Story 1500, THEATRE ALIVE 6000, Windsor Dance Experience 1000: 17,500 people at the Capitol from November 4 to end of year!”

That’s a heck of a lot of ticket sales, experience opportunities for cast and crew members, and enriched audience members. The loss of the Capitol will affect more than just the theatre scene in Windsor.

If you believe that Windsor needs to retain this gem of a heritage building, the home of so many arts groups, then visit the Facebook event page, RSVP positively and join us tonight!

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