A grassroots effort to raise money to save Haskell Playhouse in Alton is underway. Supporters of the effort kicked off the campaign Thursday, the first day of spring, to remind people of the importance of the structure and the need for extensive renovations to preserve it for future generations.
Alton native Ryan Hanlon lent his expertise to the cause by making a short film about the playhouse and setting up a website to publicize the goal of raising $50,000 in 50 days. Hanlon says it’s a big goal, but it’s important because they have a big first hurdle to overcome:
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The playhouse, which is on the National Register of Historic Places, remains open for parties and other activities and is the backdrop for summer band concerts by the Alton Muny Band. To learn more about Haskell Playhouse and the effort to save it, follow this link http://haskellplayhouse.org/
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