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Funds needed for new YouTheatre home

When YouTheatre presents its production of "James and the Giant Peach, Jr." this weekend, Egyptian Theatre manager Randy Barton will be working hard on another mission — to raise money for a permanent YouTheatre home.

Over the past year, the Egyptian Theatre has raised $2.7 million from private donors to purchase a space located in the basement of The Parkite, a condominium complex located across the street at 333 Main St.

Barton is now asking the public to help with raising an additional $1 million to construct a black-box theater and purchase equipment for YouTheatre, a program that teaches kids the benefits of theater.

Securing a home for YouTheatre will "dramatically" change arts and culture in Park City's historic district, according to Barton.

Over the years Old Town has lost the War Memorial Building, where Park City Live now stands, and it also lost the Kimball Art Center, which was formerly located at the corner of Main Street and Heber Ave., he said.

"So if we are able to get the YouTheatre space, it will be the first net gain for arts and culture here for many years," Barton said. "We need the public support to get here."

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The deadline for the fundraiser is the last week of February.

"We want to open that studio and get YouTheatre in its permanent home by June 1," Barton said.

Public donations can be made through various ways:
• Save Our Space capital campaign
• Become a Pharaoh Club member
• Join the Front Row Society as a business partner
• Donate to Save Our Banksy fund

Information for all four donation methods can be found by visiting egyptiantheatrecompany.org/studios.

"We have a couple of donors that have pledged a $200,000 matching grant to help us along," Barton said. "So far we have raised $30,000 of that matching grant. So there is a big push to raise the remaining $170,000."

YouTheatre has held classes and rehearsals at Miners Hospital, schools in the Park City School District and the Park City Library.

"We really need to get the kids into a permanent space that they can call home," Barton said. "We need a place where they can grow up in and learn some theater."

For information, visit egyptiantheatrecompany.org/studios.