Donation pushes theater dream closer to reality
by Sheldon Compton
MAYTOWN The Maytown Center received a windfall donation this week after a theater in Virginia in turn was given a sizable grant.
Dan Chauncy, director of the Maytown Center, said three men with ties to Floyd County contacted him roughly a month ago about the trade off.
Ray Allen, who is from McDowell and with a theater in Virginia, gave me a call a month or so ago and said he had spoken with Steve Allen about giving us some staging equipment, Chauncy said. They had just received a huge grant to redo their 100-year-old theater and they were willing to give us their staging curtains and pulling systems and other equipment.
Chauncy said the Ray Allen and Steve Allen, along with another Floyd County native, Justin Turner, had roughly $45,000 worth of equipment they were willing to donate, but that, because of the size of the Maytown Center, he could only accept a certain amount.
So the plan now, according to Chauncy, who has been the center director for the past 10 years, is to finish renovating the center for a local theater.
Our hopes some day is to have a theater with arts and drama and music and dancing and all of that, he said. We feel this is a great opportunity to do this, but we already have many things going on at the center.
Some programs that are already offered at the center including as assortment of youth activities, after school programs, a dance team and martial arts training, among many others.
For more information about the Maytown Center, visit their website at www.maytowncenter.org.
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