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Pentacle Theatre Will Benefit From Grant

WEST SALEM -- Pentacle Theatre has received a $75,000 grant to improve the facility's lighting and sound equipment.

WEST SALEM -- Pentacle Theatre has received a $75,000 grant to improve the facility's lighting and sound equipment.

The award from the M.J. Murdoch Charitable Trust, based in Vancouver, Wash., was announced Dec. 19.

Randy Boyd, Pentacle's managing director, said the trust will provide $25,000 up front early this year. The West Salem theater organization must then raise another $50,000 in matching funds by June of 2013.

"It will be a wonderful help to us," Boyd said.

The award will pay for an update of Pentacle's lighting panel, sound boards and speaker systems.

Boyd stressed that the theater isn't limited in shows it can produce now, though it must borrow equipment.

"This would be our own equipment," he said. "One of the bigger things will be an intercom system for the booth in the backstage.

"That has us really excited -- right now we're just using walkie talkies," he said.

Pentacle last conducted facility renovations during a capital fundraising campaign between 2004 and 2007.

For more information or to donate to the theater, contact Randy Boyd at 503-485-4300, ext. 20.

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