HARLINGEN, Texas (KVEO) – A local non-profit theater in the city of Harlingen is finally opening its curtains after being closed throughout the pandemic.
However, upon their return, they discovered that someone had broken into and that inclement weather had caused significant damage.
“One of the things that we experienced while we were closed was the break-ins and vandalism in our building,” said Alyssabeth Cantu, one of the directors of Harlingen Community Theater.
Cantu said the theater is an important place for the community.
“Our theater itself about creating a kind of family for people who don’t have one otherwise,” Cantu said.
Now that the summer programs are due to begin, they are faced with the challenge of fixing the vandalism repairs.
The damage which they claim is caused by the community’s children and the weather.
“There was spilled paint, broken props, sets and things like that,” Cantu said. “They usually leave our door open, which also welcomes additional vandalism and break-ins. “
To save on expenses, the theater completely turned off its circuit breakers for its electricity, which also turns off the air conditioner.
“You will notice that our lights are off and our air conditioning is also off, because when we don’t have people in the building we have to turn off all our circuit breakers to help us save the money we spend on electricity,” Cantu said. .
Harlingen Community Theater is a nonprofit, but due to job losses due to the pandemic, there is a gap where patrons usually step in to help.
“There are a lot of people who have lost their businesses, their jobs, their livelihoods, and so with their struggles, we are also struggling because we rely on our community to help us stay open,” Cantu said.
Cantu said she had been coming to this theater since she was ten and said she was asking for help from the community to make sure the show continues.
“We just want to keep growing our family, it’s the joy of meeting new people and teaching people new things that keeps those of us who came here coming back,” Cantu said.
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