New organization focuses on performing arts | Lifestyles

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RUSHVILLE – There’s a new organization in town that’s turning heads and paving the way for the arts to return to Rushville. It is run by two very enthusiastic young men, James Price and James Cregar, who have their feet firmly planted in theater and the performing arts.

This newly created non-profit organization goes by the name of Rushville Regional Theater, and those involved have built momentum and done amazing things since they started earlier this year thanks to donations and sponsorships from many members of the community and local businesses.

RRT received many generous donations, including costumes, hand sanitizer, and cash donations, and found a place to use whatever was given to them.

The Rushville Regional Theater made its first appearance hosting a pool party and school supply giveaway. Then, during Halloween, they set up a photo booth and took family photos. They also delivered several hundred bottles of sanitizer they received from a generous donor at Camp Atterbury for the refugees flooding there.

During Christmas On Main, they performed a medley of songs from “Frozen” and animated photos with the princesses inside the cinema; and on December 18, they held their first social event at Rushville Elks Lodge, The Silver Bell Bash!

The Silver Bell Bash was well attended and raised funds for Rush County Victim Assistance as well as for RRT’s own use. The evening consisted of wonderful food, raffle items, a live auction of very high-end items generously donated by friends of the theater, and performances by Tyler Amos and James Price. Overnight, the organization was able to raise over $3,200, of which it was able to donate over $800 to Rush County Victim Assistance.

Beautiful centerpieces created by Susan Snider of Snider’s Crafts and More adorned each table, and additional tables had to be set up as door entry sales increased the expected number. The Rushville Elks Club has been transformed into a winter wonderland of lighted Christmas trees, wreaths and a designated area for photo ops.

Overall, the Silver Bell Bash was a huge success for this fledgling organization.

Their next big event is a Mardi Gras-themed event on February 12 at Eagles Lodge. Plans are for a chili dinner fundraiser from 5-7 p.m., followed by a dance.

Check out RRT’s website at www.rushvilleregionaltheatre.com or follow them on Facebook.

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