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Lighting donation to help illuminate 42nd season of the Redlands Theatre Festival

July 10, 2014

By Kristina Hernandez, Redlands Daily Facts, Calif.

July 10--REDLANDS -- Performances set during the 42nd season of the Redlands Theatre Festival will be a bit brighter this year -- literally.

The festival -- which opens Friday -- recently received a donation of new lighting equipment valued at $13,000 from 4Wall Entertainment of Las Vegas.

The donation was spearheaded by Buddy Pope, a senior project manager for the organization's system division, and a former member of the area theatre festival, RTF officials announced.

"(The new) state-of-the-art equipment (will) make the plays look better, the sets look better and the technicians are having a great time working with the equipment," said Cliff Cabanilla, the festival's founder and producing director.

The donation, Cabanilla continued, had been in the making for a while, but Pope had to make sure 4Wall was on board with the idea.

"We were happy that they were able to do this along with the people who own the company," Cabanilla said. "They were just wonderful, absolutely fantastic."

The new equipment, which was picked up in Las Vegas and installed before today's opening, was the second upgrade done to the Avice Meeker Sewall Theater in a number of months. Recently, the historic theater inside Prospect Park saw the installation of new seats, which were made possible through a donation drive. RTF officials announced the drive in December.

According to the festival, Pope's donation was a way to "pay it forward" to a program that "helped him set a course on a career in the theatrical lighting industry," the release said.

"I am truly thankful to work for an employer that understands the value and importance of community theatre," Pope said in the release. "Programs such as RTF are a starting point for many of us to begin careers in entertainment, be it on stage or behind the scenes."

Six plays and one concert on Aug. 17 make up this year's festival.

Performances of "9 to 5," "Romance Romance," "Through Wonderland," "Other Desert Cities, "The Underpants" and "Love, Loss and What I Wore" will be held on selected nights today through Aug. 23. Curtain time for each show, including the August concert featuring the RTF Band and Singers, begin at 8:30 p.m.

Single tickets are $20 for general admission or $16 for students and children. All tickets are $15 on Tuesday performances.

Tickets are available at the Redlands Theatre Box Office at Prospect Park from 3 to 6:30 p.m. or by calling 909-792-0562.

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