The Stage Left community theater had ticket sales of $5,349 for its first production, Neil Simon’s “I Ought to Be in Pictures,” which ran Feb. 8-22, the director said in a letter to the city’s community redevelopment agency.
“We were pleased with this number considering it was our first show and (we) have only 72 seats,” artistic and managing director Peter Pagliaro wrote.
In November, the city commission approved a lease for the nonprofit troupe, formerly the Royal Palm Beach-based Royal Playhouse, to stage live plays and musical productions through June 2014 at the Madsen Center, two blocks south of city hall at 145 S.E. Second Ave.
Stage Left pays $1 a month in rent, plus utilities.
The CRA and Stage Left split the $6,046 cost of renovating the theater’s interior.
Both the theater and the city have said the deal could lead to the city becoming the group’s permanent home.
Pagliaro also noted in his report that the Little House, the restaurant that moved into the historic Ruth Jones cottage, ran the concession at the theater, and it and other area businesses advertised in the theater’s playbill. He said he’s working on a “dinner and a show” package as well.
And he said the theater is drawing patrons from as far north as Palm Beach Gardens and as far south as Hollywood.
“Last of the Red Hot Lovers,” another Simon play, runs April 12-27.
“All in all, I think we are off to a great start,” Pagliaro said.
Stage Left: 561-301-5404. Web page: www.stagelefttheatre.net