Input Sought On Live Entertainment At Theater Complex

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The Payson Sawmill Theatre is considering presenting live entertainment at its complex in addition to first run films.

Saturday, Oct. 12 at 10:30 a.m., the public is invited to the Sawmill Theatre to be part of a focus group to study whether there is sufficient interest in the Payson area to support live presentations.

The focus group will be given a two-page survey to be completed by each participant that will ask what type of live entertainment would be desired, how much the public would be willing to pay and would residents wish to couple live entertainment with the showing of a first run film.

Suggested entertainment to be considered is: country/western, bluegrass music, Broadway musicals presented in concert, rock concerts, little theatre, stand-up comedy, big band music from the 40s and silent movies screened with a live theatre organ accompaniment.

As a general rule, only family acceptable entertainment is being considered.

Conducting the survey for the Sawmill Theatre is Payson resident Ken Seeman, who would be producing the live presentations.

Seeman says he looks forward to producing live entertainment at the Sawmill Theatre if the public wants it.

"Years ago, live entertainment and first run films were sold as a package and since everything is cyclical perhaps it may be time to start it again," he said. "Maybe we'll begin something new that will catch on in larger markets."

To accomplish live production at the Sawmill Theatre complex, a stage will be built in front of the motion picture screen in one of the theatres. Theatre lighting would be installed along with an appropriate sound system.

If the project moves forward, live entertainment at the Sawmill Theatre will provide some of the most comfortable seating in the nation.

Sawmill Theatre management is anxious to hear the public's views on the proposed project. Seating at the Oct. 12 focus group meeting will be on a first come, first served basis.

If you have wanted more entertainment in Payson and want to express your thoughts and suggestions, plan to attend the 10:30 a.m. meeting at the Sawmill Theatre.

For more information, contact Seeman at (602) 318-3847.

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