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Financially Troubled Theater Company In Ventura County Avoids Shutdown

A financially troubled theater company in Ventura County which had announced plans to permanently shut down at the end of the current season has gotten a reprieve.

Officials with Cabrillo Music Theater said they were going to go through with the final two show of this season, but cancel the 2016-2017 productions. They told KCLU News that they would need at least $200,000 in donations to save the company, but felt it was such a big reach that they wouldn’t attempt fundraising efforts.

Cabrillo isn’t saying how much money they received once word about the crisis was publicized, but it’s enough to offer a reduced season. The company will produce Evita, Peter Pan, and Sister Act, but will cut a planned production of Tarzan.

Cabrillo’s current season production of “Children of Eden” opens Friday at the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza. This summer, it will stage Disney’s “Little Mermaid.”

Lance Orozco has been News Director of KCLU since 2001, providing award-winning coverage of some of the biggest news events in the region, including the Thomas and Woolsey brush fires, the deadly Montecito debris flow, the Borderline Bar and Grill attack, and Ronald Reagan's funeral.