Could Sierra Theatre become a performing arts center?

‘Pop-up’ arts event at 6:30 p.m. tonight at Sierra Theatre

What would mean to the local community if Sierra Theatre became a performing arts center in Susanville?

If you’re curious about the answer to that question, here’s an exciting event you won’t want to miss — a free, “pop-up” live arts event at Sierra Theatre at 6:30 p.m. tonight.

Organizer Abby Gerdts explains, “It will be a live streaming event online, but also people can come. The concession stand will be open. It’s really going to be like a variety show — we’re getting dancers in, a bunch of different kinds of musicians, and some Shakespeare. So, it’s kind of like a pop-up arts collective.”

The Susanville City Council is considering the use of unspent ARPA funds to purchase Sierra Theatre as a performing arts center under the auspices of the Susanville Symphony Society. That’s the dream.

It would be so cool to see it restored, and maybe augmented with some new design elements in there, should it become an arts center,” Gerdts said. “Having a space for art makers in this community is probably a little overdue. What if things align and we could do it? What would that look like? the sky’s the limit as far as I’m concerned … None of us have ever performed in there, so it will be a little bit of an experiment.”

Gerdts said the performers include “some of the usual suspects‚ Ben Wade, Tom Braun, Fred Walton, Dr. Todd Murray, a local musician who will probably attend a music conservatory after he graduates, dancers from the dance studios, some string players from the symphony — it’s going to be quite a mix.”