Arts Briefs

Pewter Plough seeks community input

The Pewter Plough Playhouse has set up an e-mail address for those looking for more information about a safety improvement requirement that will force its longest closure since its opening in December 1976.

Due to concerns about the safety of audience members, county building inspectors and local fire officials gave the community theater a list of needed improvements in late 2007, including an additional exit and electrical updates. All but the most costly item, the sprinkler system, estimated at $32,000, have been installed.

The theater has been told it must close its doors at the conclusion of its current production of “Finishing Touches” on Feb. 28 and not reopen until safety work is done. The permit for that work expires July 31.

The nonprofit Pewter Plough Players group will host a community meeting at 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 27, at the theater, 824 Main St., to give the public an update and to hear suggestions.

For further information, e-mail sprinklerfund @pewterploughplayhouse . org, go to www.pewterploughplayhouse.org,or call 927-3877.

—Bert Etling