Negotiations began in January with the professional theater group, which is marking its 38th year.
California Theatre Center (CTC) and the city of
CTC will shorten its school and family season by 20 percent.
"Costs for doing business have escalated in the
The season will begin in October and end in early May, with breaks to match the local school district vacation periods.
According to the city manager's office, this change--and similar changes made by Sunnyvale Community Players earlier this year--will allow the 200-seat
Earle added that it was also agreed that CTC's Summer Rep would require a separate agreement with the city instead of being included in the school year contract, and that CTC would use the ticket sales and attendance during the summer as a benchmark to determine the continuing viability of a summer series.
"Both the length of the season was compressed, and also the number of shows in the season was reduced from CTC's average 13 to 10 productions," Earle said. "CTC's goal was to find a situation which was both fiscally responsible and which would also result in a positive outcome agreeable to both parties."
CTC has a full-time operating staff of 22-30 members, including performers, technicians, designers, directors, playwrights and administrators. The CTC season runs from September until July and presents more than 500 performances of 14-18 plays to an audience of more than 60,000 in
CTC's Young Audience Series includes school morning performances for grades kindergarten and up, and evening and weekend performances for families. CTC also has year-round education programs and workshops for hundreds of school children each year.
CTC's Summer Rep 2014 has three productions playing in repertory now through
The plays in the 2014-15 Young Audience Season are: Harry the Dirty Dog, Androcles and the Lion, The Cay, The Elves and the Shoemaker, Madeline's Christmas, Puss in Boots, King of the
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