SIOUX FALLS, S.D. - People filled the Orpheum Theater in downtown Sioux Falls Saturday afternoon for The Sioux Empire Community Theatre performance of "A Christmas Carol". The organization says this is an improvement to the financial struggles the community theatre was going through at the beginning of the year.
"We've come a long way since earlier in the year when there was some doubt on whether or not we'd be able continue as a community theatre organization," Rick Weiland said.
Rick Weiland is the Vice President of their Board of Directors. He says the community theatre has gone through significant changes.
"We've cut our expenses in half. We've done a much better job of marketing and partnering with some really wonderful organizations and businesses in town," Weiland said.
And the changes seem to be working.
"Our ticket sales are up. Our expenses are in line with what they need to be. We're doing well, we're doing real well and I think we're back," Weiland said.
The theatre's production of "A Christmas Carol" looks like it's evidence of the organization's success. Weiland says the show has sold a lot of tickets.
"Last night we had almost 450 people. I know our ticket sales for today and tomorrow and Sunday's matinee are above that," Weiland said.
He says communities should support their local theaters.
"Live theatre, there's nothing like it. It's so much a part of the fabric of a growing community in terms of its art and culture," Weiland said.
The community theatre has one more performance of A Christmas Carol Sunday afternoon at 2.