Stage Coach Players is giving thanks this fall for a $7,400 grant from The DeKalb County Community Foundation (DCCF). DCCF has been granting funds to worthwhile DeKalb County community-based businesses and organizations since 1993. Grants and scholarships have been awarded to deserving organizations for a variety of purposes. The damage the COVID-19 pandemic was causing local businesses and organizations the most recent.
When COVID-19 hit DeKalb County in April of this year, like small theatres across the state, Stage Coach Players was forced to shutter its 2020 season. That left the 74-year old business without a source of income for the foreseeable future. Like many county organizations, Stage Coach Players applied to DCCF for a grant.
Greg Anderson, former president of Stage Coach Players, organized the application for DCCF’s “Fall 2020 Community Needs Grant Program.” DCCF has two Community Needs Grants programs each year. Stage Coach Players has received generous grants from DCCF in the past and this financial aid is appreciated as much as any in the past.
Stage Coach Players was granted the $7,400 of financial assistance to update the theatre’s sound system. Anderson said he stressed to DCCF in that completion of the project would bring Stage Coach’s sound system up-to-date and enhance the viewing experience for all audience members, particularly those with hearing loss or difficulty. The building was not originally built to be a theatre and the acoustics in the building are not always perfect.
As we wait in the wings, Stage Coach Players hopes to offer DeKalb County its full slate of 2021 productions and will keep the DeKalb community informed in all of its theatrical endeavors moving forward.